Star Wars actress blasts magazine for missing hair
OSCAR-WINNING actor Lupita Nyong’o has accused a magazine of editing out her hair on the front cover of its latest edition.
Nyong’o posted an image of Grazia’s front page on social media alongside the original image which shows her with curly hair.
“Disappointed that Grazia UK edited out and smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like,” Nyong’o said on Twitter.
Nyong’o starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and 12 Years a Slave, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014. She was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents.
In a post on Instagram, Nyong’o explained her disappointment: “As I have made clear so often in the past, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I know that my dark skin and my kinky, coily hair are very beautiful, too.
“Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfils 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 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.
“I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage ... there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hairstyle and texture.”
Grazia UK yesterday apologised to Nyong’o, saying: “Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologises unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o.
“Grazia would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered nor did we alter it ourselves.”
WITHOUT: Lupita Nyong’o on the magazine cover.
WITH: As the actor actually looks.