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Posted: November 10, 2017

Lupita Nyong’o:  Don’t Touch My Hair

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07:  Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends the Calvin Klein Collection fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

By Julie Morgan

Lupita Nyong’o graces the cover of Grazia UK but there seems to be an issue with the photo.

According to the Kenyan actress the magazine “edited out and smoothed” her hair.

The Academy Award winner says she’s made it clear that when she was younger she may have had a problem with her “dark skin and kinky, coily hair” but now she knows both are beautiful.

Nyong’o released this statement via Instagram and the magazine responded the same way, via Instagram. 

Grazia UK says they did not “make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves”.  The magazine apologized for what happened.

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

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