In partnership with sister trade union BECTU, Equity has been working to address the long-standing issue of poor-quality hair and make-up support for black and minority ethnic (BME) members of the union. Over the last two years we have run several training sessions for hair and make-up artists who are BECTU members, where Equity members were models, to help develop their skills and competence in working with a diverse range of hair and skin types.

Equity now seeks to address this discriminatory matter directly with employers, employer bodies and training bodies. In doing Equity seeks to survey BME members to determine the scale and nature of this issue, and to utilise the data gathered to ensure permanent, positive change for BME members.

You can find the survey here, and in a full hyperlink at the bottom of the page. It is open until Friday 5 June. You can complete the survey on an anonymous basis, but if you would like to receive follow-up information you can leave personal contact details.

Your participation in this survey is welcomed as a contribution to tackling this long-standing area of discrimination and delivering positive change.

You can hear Koral’s full story on her experience of poor hair and make-up support here.

Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VDHP7T6