Lupita lashes out at mag­a­zine over photo


Os­car award win­ner Lupita Ny­ong’o has blasted a UK mag­a­zine, ac­cus­ing it of al­ter­ing her looks to give her a “Euro­pean ap­pear­ance”.

The Kenyan ac­tress, once rated the most beau­ti­ful per­son on earth, called out Grazia

Daily UK, claim­ing that the mag­a­zine had “edited out” and “smoothed” her hair.

“Dis­ap­pointed that @Grazi­auk edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Euro­cen­tric no­tion of what beau­ti­ful hair looks like,” she wrote on Twit­ter.

The ac­tress at­tached three im­ages from the photo shoot with two de­pict­ing her with long, curly hair and an­other with short hair.

She was even more blunt on In­sta­gram. “As I have made clear so of­ten in the past with ev­ery fi­bre 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,” charged Lupita.

“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.”

She ex­plained that had she been con­sulted, she would have ex­plained that she “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”.

In the interview, she told the mag­a­zine, that she uses make-up to cel­e­brate her skin tone, rather than to hide it. “For me, make-up is not a ne­ces­sity. Make-up is not a mask, it’s an adorn­ment, an ac­ces­sory,” she adds.

Grazia’s treat­ment of her pho­tos left her fol­low­ers equally dis­ap­pointed.

“How can you look at Lupita Ny­ong’o, lit­er­ally the most beau­ti­ful woman on earth, and think you need to change any­thing??? SMH,” tweeted Festive Grace.

“The photo to the left is the one they should have kept. That’s def­i­nitely art, and cul­ture; at the ex­act same time,” added Mo­vaci.

Yago went on: “ex­pose these racist sys­tem, my girl.”

Akanmu ade also weighed in: “Did you see what they did to Solange Knowles hair? And she’s even got a tune called “Don’t Touch My Hair” and they still did. Shows how much they lis­ten. Join the club Lupita, join the club.”

The mag­a­zine has yet to re­spond.

Lupita shot to global fame in 2013 thanks to her per­for­mance as Pat­sey in Steve Mcqueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

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