We’re still doing this in 2017? This close to 2018? Sigh.
In the final version of the photo, the 34-year-old appears with a shaved head when actually, her locks were styled in a low ponytail.
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. #dtmhA post shared by Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo) on Nov 9, 2017 at 6:11pm PST
Grazia has since responded with a half-ass apology, saying:
A post shared by Grazia UK (@graziauk) on Nov 10, 2017 at 5:06am PST
Sooo, who dunnit then??
[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]