Lupita Nyong’o has a clear message for Grazia magazine—'Don’t touch my hair'

Saturday, 11 November 2017, 11:27:12 PM. The actor said there’s a “very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.”
Share Culture Lupita Nyong'o Black hair Photos of Lupita Nyong’o do not generally require editing. The 12 Years a Slave star, born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, was named the world’s most beautiful person by People magazine in 2014 and regularly stuns observers with her red-carpet fashion. But the 34-year-old actor has expressed her dismay at photographs of herself on the cover of the U.K's Grazia magazine, accusing the magazine of editing and smoothing her hair out to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.” Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like. #dtmh pic.twitter.com/10UUScS7Xo Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now — Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) November 10, 2017 In a longer Instagram post, Nyongo’o said: “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.” The actor said that being on the cover of the magazine fulfilled her “as 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 U.K. 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,”...Read more
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