Actress Lupita Nyong’o took to her Instagram page to lash out at Grazia Magazine for editing out her original hairstyle on the cover of its November issue.
The award-winning Hollywood actress shared the before and after photos on her Instagram page, saying she is “disappointed” that the magazine changed her hairstyle to “fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like”.
The original photograph features her natural hair, which is tied back, but this is edited out for the cover photo, which shows her with what looks like a low cut.
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