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All Sephora Stores Will Be Closed for One-Hour Inclusion Workshops on June 5


On May 23, cosmetic retailer Sephora announced that it would be closing all of its U.S. stores, as well as its distribution centers and corporate offices, to conduct one-hour inclusivity workshops on the morning of June 5. 

The decision stems in part from an April incident involving R&B singer SZA, who claimed she was racially profiled in one of the brand’s California locations. Scroll down for more information about the closures and how Sephora responded to the 28-year-old’s allegations.  

Why is Sephora closed?

The beauty chain elected to close approximately 400 stores for an hour on Wednesday to host diversity training for staff following backlash surrounding SZA’s alleged mistreatment at an L.A.-area Sephora. The exact timing of the workshops remains unclear, though many shoppers speculate that a majority of stores will open one hour late.

On April 30, the nine-time Grammy nominee tweeted, "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."