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Magazine Erases Lupita Nyong'o's Natural Hair

Something, she says, they should have consulted her on.
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Just last month, Solange took to Instagram to call out Evening Standard magazine for photoshopping out her stylized braids, and, sadly, another magazine has done the same, this time to Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o. In the latest shoot with the British edition of Italian magazine Grazia, Nyong'o's natural curly hair had been completely removed. 

On the cover, Lupita’s curly hair was digitally erased and smoothed without prior consultation. "Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited and smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of how beautiful hair looks," she wrote on Twitter.

On Instagram, the criticism was longer and more detailed: "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" she concluded.

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