Lupita Nyong’o thought she was granted a chance to unapologetically show women who share her alike features the power of their beauty when she graced the cover of UK fashion/beauty magazine Grazia, only to find the publication distort her image into a more “Eurocentric” impression.

 

The Kenyan-Mexican actress called out Grazia on social media after her rather impressionably intriguing interview with the magazine was published, exposing the before and after photos on Instagram, showing the cover before her kinky slick backed ponytail was photoshopped, out.

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 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.

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

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Eons ago, Lupita has divulged the pride she has for her indigenous roots without any form of resistance and since, has become a staple in the world of fashion and beauty notably, for black women. Such energy transpires from her experience growing up with the global standard of beauty being on the “Eurocentric” roundabout, which attempts to downplay the visage of black women.

Lupita made it clear that if she knew the publication was going to bargain her appearance and dispose of any bit of her afro features, her decision on how or to even do the cover, would have been different.

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.

Interesting enough, Lupita’s interview with Grazia appears to set a tone focus on her deeds in Hollywood and the beauty/fashion industry, such as her Harvey Weinstein expose and viral Rihanna flick, along with her iconic presence in the culture of fashion, beauty, and film.

It was also noted Nyong’o made history as the first black actress to become an ambassador for luxurious skin care and makeup line Lancome and she is among the few amount of black actresses to win an Oscar, earned from her fetching performance in 12 Years A Slave.

Comparatively, last month, Solange Knowles called out Evening Standard Magazine for airbrushing her blatant Afrocentric hairstyle as she made the cover for their October issue.