Another Discrimination Against Black Hair: Lupita Nyong’o Reclaims Her Hair After Magazine  Photoshopped Her Mane

Last month, we posted about Solange Knowles calling out Evening Standard Magazine for photoshopping her hair. The image for the magazine cover was missing her entire braided hairstyle. We all know that black hair has never been the ideal preference for society, let alone for fashion and entertainment industries, so it’s no surprise that a similar situation has arisen, yet again.

Lupita Nyong’o was featured on Grazia UK’s front cover but just like what happened to Solange, Lupita’s hair was photoshopped too. Her mane, which was originally pulled back into a ponytail, was photoshopped to her having no hair. The cover shows Lupita with a buzz cut. 

Photo taken from Instagram

Photo taken from Instagram

With no breaks, the “12 Years of Slave” actor went to Instagram to speak her mind. 

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 - @Lupitanyongo

Lupita’s posted spoke to me directly and I know thousands of women around the world feel the same way. I’m glad Black women, like Lupita and Solange, are standing up to this kind of oppression that we have lived with for years. #BlackHairIsBeautifulToo