Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is upset over a UK magazine's decision to retouch and edit out her natural hairstyle.
The actress appeared on the cover of the British fashion publication's November 2017 issue, where she appears with a shaved head. According to a set of images shared by Lupita on Instagram, her hair was actually styled in a loose afro ponytail for the photo shoot.
Nyong'o expressed her disappointment on her Instagram page saying, "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.”
She said that had she been consulted on the matter; she would have explained that she cannot condone the omission of what is her native heritage
“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”
Her followers were also disappointed, encouraging her to keep embracing her natural beauty:
jacquelyne_sawo Tell them
yvanahb Wow! We all appreciate your transparency, honesty, and passion for equality of beauty in the industry ????????????
sandracoleuk We ARE Beauty?????????Amen
ijeomanku Beauty is best in its natural form dear.
ijeomanku Be you anytime. I like it real and natural
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