Today, Lupita Nyongo'o explained her disappointment through a post on her Instagram how a popular UK magazine had photoshopped her natural, kinky hair for their magazine.
This obviously had a lot of tongues wagging across social media
Although some people pointed out that the Oscar winning actress appeared to have had her nose photoshopped on the magazine cover and that she did not appear to have complained about this in the Instagram post, this sort of thing by media companies will only embolden the natural hair movement even further.
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