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Lupita Nyong’o calls out Grazia UK for erasing her afro hair in cover photo

Written by FDM

On this cover of Grazia, her frizzy hair is gone. The 34-year-old Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o called out the English edition of the magazine for retouching her photo to match their beauty standards.

The Oscar-winning actress took to social media to accuse the fashion magazine of digitally cutting and smoothing her hair in a cover shot to make it « fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like. »

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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Lupita Nyong’o also shares a before and after photo on which the cover of the magazine is seen on the left, alongside her original photos on the right. « I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair, » she wrote. « 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. »

On the other hand, Grazia UK apologized to Nyong’o via a statement on social media but said that « at no point did (it) make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves. »

Lupita won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role of the slave Patsey in « 12 Years a Slave » (2013). She co-stars next year in the Marvel movie « Black Panther. »

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