Lupita Nyong'o Calls Out Grazia For Photoshopping Her Hair

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 11 months ago | News

Image: Lupita Nyong’o. Image source.

When Solange Knowles’ song ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ soared through the charts last year, it became a powerful anthem for the bodily rights of black women everywhere. But apparently the message fell on deaf ears. Because after the Evening Standard photoshopped Solange’s braids out of a cover shot, Grazia magazine soon followed suit by doing the same to an image of Lupita Nyong’o. Last week, the Oscar-winning actress explained via Instagram that she was “disappointed” the magazine had decided to change her hair in order to "fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like".

Raised in Kenya, Nyong’o went on to say: “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.” The 34-year-old talent used the hashtag #dtmh as an ode to Solange’s song and overall message. “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,” Nyong’o continued in her Instagram post.

Image: the Instagram post in which Lupita Nyong’o calls out Grazia for photoshopping. Image source.

She added that “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.” While Grazia is yet to respond to the allegations, it is clear that we still have a long way to go when it comes to true diversity and equality in the fashion and beauty space – as in almost all walks of life. Perhaps once fashion magazines recognise that black women’s hair doesn’t need to be touched or touched up, we will finally be on track to reaching a place of greater understanding.

Via Dazed


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