US Sephora Closes Stores For Diversity Training
After SZA was racially stereotyped in Calabasas store.
The French make-up giant, Sephora, is set to close its US stores on Wednesday 5th June for a day of “diversity training”. This comes after an incident where R&B singer-songwriter, SZA, was racially stereotyped in the Calabasas store. During her store visit, a Sephora employee called security to watch over SZA, who she suspected might steal.
The singer tweeted afterward, “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”. Sephora replied to SZA’s tweet (which has received over 62 thousand likes), saying, “Hi, SZA. We’re sorry to hear about your experience at our Calabasas store and appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We want to let you know we take complaints like this very seriously and are actively working with our teams to address the situation immediately.”
This response isn’t enough, though. Employee workshops will take place and focus on the importance of diversity and why it is crucial to embrace at work.
Although it is positive that Sephora is taking action, it is slightly upsetting that training must be introduced to prevent an incident like this from repeating itself. A spokesperson for Sephora has insisted that these training programs had already been planned, so is the timing of these workshops just coincidental? We’ll let you decide.