It’s taken us a while to get where we are, where our hair in its glorious, natural state, is something we celebrate and not try to hide.
And Lupita Nyong’o is (rightfully) ticked off.
She has criticized a British magazine for editing an image of her, smoothing out her hair to fit what she calls a Eurocentric view of beauty.
The image appears on the November cover for the magazine Grazia and she posted it alongside the original images of herself that show longer hair.
They basically chopped off her coils to present an image of her that they wanted to present, and she was not having any of it.
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. 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 against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh
Good for you, Lupita!
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