Lupita Nyong’o Blasts Grazia UK For Editing Out Her Kinky Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Blasts Grazia UK

Lupita Nyong’o is the latest victim of a magazine “editing” her natural hair.  The Kenyan beauty recently posted her response to Grazia Magazine whose editors took it upon themselves to omit her afro puff from the cover of it’s latest issue.

 

 

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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This feels like Déjà vu.  Just a few weeks ago Solange had to call out The Evening Standard for editing her elaborate braid style from its cover.  Ironically, both magazines are UK based.

When will the fashion and beauty media learn?  Black women show up wearing the hair WE are proud of.  Women like Lupita and Solange aren’t looking for validation based on any particular standard of beauty.  In fact, nowadays, most of us are in the head space of rewriting the rules.  We don’t have time to wait for the media to catch up.  Get it right or at least ask first so you can be dismissed.

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola

Editor-in-Chief

Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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