Lessons From Lupita

posted by Arielle -

If you don't know anything about Lupita Nyong'o here's one important fact, she is proud of her heritage. Lupita is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. She was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya.

She has openly embraced her dark skin and kinky hair in every public appearance so it's no wonder she was a little taken when she saw her cover photo for Grazia UK's November issue. 

Nyong'o took to her Instagram with hella grace explaining she's not with Grazia's shenanigans or anybody else's for future reference. 

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 @graziauk 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, hair style and texture. #dtmh

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