At first, Lupita Nyong’o was super excited to be on the cover of Gazia UK. #DreamComeTrue until she saw the cover. Ummm wait what?
Pissed is not the word on how Nyong’o felt. She posted on Twitter “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”
Grazia UK apologized to Nyong’o via Twitter.
Does she have a right to be mad? What are your thoughts?