Lupita Nyong’o Calls Out A Magazine For Cropping Her Natural Hair Off Their Cover

Lupita Nyong’o is the latest celebrity to speak out against the publishing industry and their blatant mistreatment of women of color.

 

 

More women of color have lately been extremely vocal about their struggles with having their images altered in print publications.

 

 

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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After she posted a collage of her three photos to Instagram, Nyong’o opened up about how her initial cover of Grazia UK was altered without her permission.

‘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,’

Lupita was really frustrated that her natural hair was cropped out in favor of a style closer to ‘traditional beauty standards.’

 

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She continued,

‘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, hairstyle, and texture. #dtmh,’ Lupita concluded.

 

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Lupita’s use of the #dtmh hashtag was a nod to songstress Solange Knowles who recently experienced quite a similar offense. Just last month, Solange called out Evening Standard Magazine for cropping her braid out of the magazine’s cover.

 

dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine

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After the magazine posted a picture from her shoot that had quite an elaborate braid sculpture cropped from her head, it didn’t take too long for Solange to speak out and she was backed up by her fans as well.

 

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The non-cropped version of the photo shows Solange’s braids in all their glory.

The irony in this story is that the interview Solange did with the magazine was exactly about how she is feeling comfortable in her own skin and how owning her body this year was crucial to her.

 

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Solange definitely doesn’t seem to want to portray herself in any way other than who she feels she is and who can blame her for this?

 

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