Lupita is winning this season and inspiring chocolate women everywhere!
Academy award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has the honor of being named the most beautiful woman in this year’s People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful edition. The 12 Years a Slave star told People Magazine:
“The first person to tell me I was beautiful was definitely my mother. She said that, a lot and especially when I felt the least bit beautiful which is you know as an adolescent you go through times when you just feel ugly generally but my mother always said I was beautiful.”
This cover has inspired so many women, especially dark skinned women who a rarely recognized as beautiful in this society. The beauty and grace that the Yale graduate has is some powerful. However she herself didn’t always feel like she was pretty.
When she spoke at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood event, Nyong’o responded to a fan’s letter and revealed some of her own insecurities about her beauty when she was younger until her role model, Alek Wek came on to the scene:
“I remember a time when I too felt un-beautiful. I put on the tv and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night shaded skin and my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I refused to look down to at myself until I was in front of my mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first…When I was a teenager my self hate grew worse…And then Alek Wek came on to the international scene. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact!”
See the full speech below as well as some behind the scenes footage:
Congrats to Lupita!
How do you feel about her cover?