“There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.”
Award-Winning Actress Lupita Nyong’o spoke out on Instagram and called out Grazia UK for Photoshopping her hair in the cover of the November 2017 edition of the magazine.
She spoke out on Instagram along with a frame of the cover. She claims that the magazine smoothed her hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like and expressed her disappointment in the magazine.
“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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Written by Jasmin Woodward