FEMALE EMPOWERMENT: Beauty vlogger Shalom Nchom
A BLACK burn survivor has bared all to demonstrate how important self-love is, whether it's found through wearing make-up or not.
Shalom Nchom, also known as Shalom Blac, grew up with burn scars after suffering an accident with hot oil when she was nine. She was left with scars on her hands, face, shoulders and she lost much of her hair, The Huffington Post reported.
Nchom has been showing her YouTube channel subscribers and Instagram followers how to use makeup to hide scars and acne. For her, it's about being comfortable in your own skin, through makeup, self-love or a combination of both,
Last year, beauty blogger NikkieTutorials posted a video called The Power of Makeup, where she only made up half her face. She did it in response to people who were implying there was something shameful in women enjoying putting on make-up.
Because they didn’t realise that make-up is also a way of expressing yourself. And that women don’t wear make-up because they feel ashamed, but because they enjoy it.
Since then, #ThePowerOfMakeup has become an Instagram trend, with other beauty bloggers only styling half their faces to show they aren’t scared of going makeup free.
Nchom is the latest to do the challenge.
In the video tutorial, Nchom, 20, puts makeup on half her face, leaving the other half, and her burns, exposed. She invites viewers to see the difference but not to assume one is better than the other.
Watch the video here:
"[The power of makeup challenge] is where you do half your face and then half your face you don't do anything to it," Nchom explains in the beginning of the video.
"So you can see how makeup can actually make a difference. And the other thing is showing you can love yourself either way, makeup or no make-up."
After her accident, Nchom was stared at by other children and bullied at school. "People began to stare at me, or look at me in a nasty way," she told Glamour.
In the video, she goes on to talk about how she wore make-up often in school to hide her scars but, she found, it didn't make her happy.
BARING ALL: The vlogger grew up with burn scars after suffering an accident with hot oil
"Make-up shouldn't make you happy," she says. "It's something that you should just love doing. Now I love myself for who I am. Makeup doesn't make me happy."
After finishing her make-up, Nchom shows both sides of her face to the camera in turn.
"I love both sides equally," she says.