Lupta Nyong’o is always so on-trend. She’s a seriously inspiring woman with a killer sense of style. In the October 2016 issue of Vogue, she talks about accepting herself and trying to help other people of color have the opportunities she did.
“I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that.” She said, touching on race issues that are still very much prevalent in today’s society.
“The European sense of beauty affects us all,” she continued. “I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi. Being called ‘black mamba.’ The slow burn of recognizing something else is better than you.”
Sadly she used to pray for lighter skin, but she is finally comfortable with who she is and wants to create opportunities for other people of color, which is why she works so hard on projects that open doors for people of color and change perceptions.
“There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on,” Lupita told Vogue. “I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”