A month after US rapper/singer SZA tweeted that she had been racially profiled by security staff in a Sephora store in California, the beauty giants have officially apologised and announced a country-wide diversity training day for June 5 (American time).
The American arm of the company posted a video onto it’s Facebook this week, confirming that every Sephora store in the US will close to run inclusion workshops and training for all its staff across the board, from the shop floor through to distribution warehouses and right up to corporate offices.
The company’s post reads:
On the morning of 6/5, every Sephora store, distribution center, and corporate office in the US will close to host inclusion workshops for our employees. These values have always been at the heart of Sephora, and we’re excited to welcome everyone when we reopen.
So if you’re in the US and planning a trip to stock up on your beauty essentials, maybe put it off another day.
As per Billboard, SZA tweeted that she was targeted by security in the company’s Calabasas store, who believed that she was shoplifting. She said that there was a long discussion had at the time and that she was simply in there to stock up on some of Rihanna‘s Fenty Beauty range.
Lmao Sandy Sephora location 614 Calabasas called security to make sure I wasn’t stealing . We had a long talk. U have a blessed day Sandy— SZA (@sza) May 1, 2019
Can a bitch cop her fenty in peace er whut— SZA (@sza) May 1, 2019
RiRi caught wind of SZA’s incident at the beauty and makeup store, and SZA shared on her Instagram in late May that she had received a Fenty Beauty gift card with a handwritten note from Rihanna.
Following Rihanna’s response to the whole thing, the company put in motion a move to close all US stores for the country-wide training programs. The sheer power of SZA and Rihanna, my lordt.
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