Lupita Nyong’o: My natural hair is still shunned

Lupita Nyong’o is on a mission to “show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.”

The Oscar-winning actress has been getting a lot of support across social media after saying this.

Lupita appears on the cover of Porter magazine this month and shows her natural hair throughout the gorgeous high-fashion shoot. And as well as staying true to herself in the images, the 35-year-old used the interview to explain exactly why you shouldn’t dare touch her hair.

Speaking to Porter, Lupita said: ‘My hair is something that, historically, has been shunned, I mean, how often do you hear “You can’t get a job with hair like that”?

‘Natural, African, kinky hair – it’s often been painted as uncivilised or wild. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfils 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.’

The ‘special’ feeling

The actress was born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents but grew up in Nairobi after her family moved back to Kenya when Lupita was less than one year old. And having dual citizenship made the Black Panther actress feel ‘special’.

She said: ‘My whole outlook and sense of self is Kenyan, but my mom made a point of letting me know that I was born someplace else, so I always felt an affinity, a need to get to know that place.

I was the only one in my family born there. It was the thing that made me special.’

Elsewhere in the interview, Lupita addressed being sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, and explained that her mother gave her the power to come forward.

She said: ‘I come from a very patriarchal world, but not within my family. My dad listened to my mom. My mom held her own. There was never a sense of her deflecting from my father. She had the power to say no to things, and I saw her hold that power.’

Lupita’s colourful shoot was shot by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Cathy Kasterine. It sees her rocking a stunning array of fashion in the great outdoors.

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Photo Credit: Lupita Nyong’o

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