Customers of cosmetics retailer Sephora will have to wait an extra hour before they can happily shop due to the company closing all of its U.S. stores for diversity training. The “inclusion workshop” comes after R&B singer SZA publicly called out a California location for racially profiling her.
The company denied that the workshop is in relation to SZA’s complaint, but rather as preparation for its “We Belong to Something Beautiful” campaign launch. “The plan to close our U.S. stores, distribution centers, call centers and corporate office for a one-hour inclusivity workshop with our 16,000 employees has been in development for over six months, timed with our first campaign chapter debuting on June 6th,” the company said in a statement. The company did say that the incident with SZA just furthered proved the workshop is needed.
“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,” the Oscar-nominated singer tweeted back in April. The tweet was met with an apology from Sephora. SZA, who claimed she was trying to buy Fenty products was then sent her a gift card to be used on the Fenty website.
“Go buy yo Fenty Beauty in peace sis! One love,” Rihanna wrote to the singer who happily showed off the gift to her social media followers.
Check out the video above to find out more about Sephora’s workshop.