Mag apol­o­gizes to Ny­ong’o over edited hair

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICK OFF -

LON­DON — Bri­tish magazine Grazia U.K. has apol­o­gized to Lupita Ny­ong’o af­ter the ac­tress ac­cused it of al­ter­ing her hair on its front cover “to fit a more Euro­cen­tric no­tion” of beauty.

The Academy Award win­ner tweeted be­fore­and-af­ter images, say­ing the magazine “edited out and smoothed” her hair. She added the hash­tag “dtmh (don’t touch my hair).”

On In­sta­gram, the Kenya-raised star of “12 Years a Slave” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” said “there is still a very long way to go to com­bat the un­con­scious prej­u­dice against black women’s com­plex­ion, hair style and tex­ture.”

The magazine said Fri­day that it “apol­o­gized un­re­servedly to Lupita Ny­ong’o.” It said it had not al­tered the images it­self or asked the pho­tog­ra­pher to do so, and “is com­mit­ted to rep­re­sent­ing di­ver­sity through­out its pages.”


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