Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Changing Her Authentic Kinky Hair

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Grazia Magazine

On top of her talent as a skilled actress, Lupita Nyong’o (pictured) is also heralded for her distinct brand of natural beauty.

Nyong’o, 34, landed her breakthrough opportunity by starring in the critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen directed the star-studded project, which was released in 2013. Nyong’o also won an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for her role in the ground-breaking movie.

The Academy Award win opened a ton of other doors for the gorgeous Nyong’o despite the fact that actresses of color, particularly dark-skinned black women, are often portrayed by society as having a second-class beauty standard in comparison to white women or even other black women who have much lighter skin tones.

Nyong’o recently learned this the hard way after gracing the November 2017 cover of Grazia, a British magazine publication. She used her Facebook page to air her grievance over Grazia editing her authentic hairstyle on the cover photo for its current issue.

Nyong’o’s statement in its entirety reads as follows:

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.

I am disappointed that Grazia UK invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hairstyle, and texture. #dtmh

 

Source: https://www.facebook.com/LupitaNyongo/photos/a.532782826803622.1073741830.394278667320706/1519584878123407/?type=3&theater

 

 

 

 

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