With her recent cover on the Grazia UK magazine, Lupita Nyong’o’ is said to be very disappointed with the edit of her hair.
We all know that Nyong’o’ has beautiful kinky hair but in this cover, the photographer edited her hair out.
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
A recent statement released by the photographer stated that he was ‘deeply sorry’ for this is a ‘monumental mistake’. This whole situation highlighted the ‘Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like’. From his apology, you can tell that An Le didn’t mean to hurt or offend anyone.
Hopefully, Nyong’o’s call out makes other magazines realise that editing black girls’ hair is unacceptable and they need to appreciate every type of beauty!