#DTMH: Lupita slams magazine for ‘smoothing’ her hair

In an Instagram post Nyongo stated that he embraces her “natural heritage” and that she thinks her “dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too”, 10 November 2017. Photo: Instagram screengrab

JOHANNESBURG – Actress Lupita Nyongo has expressed her disappointment in UK magazine Grazia for smoothing out her kinky coiled her.

Since Solange released her track ‘Don’t touch my hair’ the hashtag #dtmh has been used by women of colour to speak out against the 'white-washing' of their African features.

Nyongo first made waves in the media circuit by appearing at award shows with her striking dark skin and closely shaved head. When she accepts awards, she highlights the pride she has for her ethnicity in her speeches.

In 2016 she called out Vogue for assuming that she was emulating Audrey Hepburn when she wore sculpted updo to the Met Gala, which she clarified was inspired by Nina Simone. 

In the most recent case the Oscar-winning actor called out Grazia UK for digitally smoothing her coiled hair and removing her entire ponytail on their cover.

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In an Instagram post Nyongo stated that he embraces her “natural heritage” and that she thinks her “dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too”.

She further elaborates that she was not consulted about the airbrushing of her images and had she been asked she would have condemned the editorial decision.

She says that being featured on magazine covers gives her the opportunity to show dark-skinned girls with kinky hair, especially children, that they ‘are beautiful just the way they are’. She ended her post with the hashtag #dtmh.

 

 

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

A post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on

Conventional beauty standards were also challenged by Solange a month ago using the same hashtag when Evening Standard Magazine edited her ethnic hairstyle.

Solange posted the original version of the image on Instagram.

 

 

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

A post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on

Grazia UK has since issued an apology to the actress saying they "did not make any request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong'o's hair to be altered”. (See the statement below)

 

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