Sephora will close its doors for one day on Wednesday, June 5 for company-wide employee inclusion workshops, following an incident with singer SZA, who claimed she was racially profiled at their store in Calabasas, California.
The cosmetics retailer announced the brief closure on Facebook, explaining, “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.”
Sephora’s We Belong to Something Beautiful Campaign included the message that the brand believes in “championing all beauty, living with courage and standing fearlessly together to celebrate our differences. We will never stop building a community where diversity is expected, self-expression is honored, all are welcomed, and you are included."
SZA took to Twitter on April 30 to reveal that an employee, who she called “Sandy Sephora,” called security on her to make sure she wasn’t stealing.
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
Sephora responded to her tweet to apologize, saying that they “were sorry about the experience and that they take complaints like this very seriously.”
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.— Sephora (@Sephora) May 1, 2019
SZA was apparently trying to “cop her Fenty in peace” according to another Tweet about the incident, so Rihanna, who owns the beauty line, sent her a Fenty gift card, as captured via SZA’s Instagram stories.