Lupita Nyong'o Slams UK Mag for Altering Her Cover Image

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Photoshop strikes again. Its latest victim is fashionista and Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong’o.

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In a statement, Vietnamese photographer An Le said he was “deeply sorry” for altering the Grazia UK magazine cover image. Grazia is a weekly fashion magazine. 

Nyong’o, a feminist and staunch advocate for loving the skin you are in, took to Instagram to post before and after shots of the cover. The noticeable difference was that her natural hair was smoothed out and her afro puff was removed.

In her IG caption, the Oscar winner noted that this was “an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are… 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, hairstyle, and texture.”

 

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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The controversy caused Le to admit that he’d made a “monumental mistake” and he said that as an immigrant himself, it is his duty to advocate for diverse beauty standards. He apologized to Nyong’o and thanked her for addressing the issue.

Grazia magazine also released a statement and apologized to the star, and made it clear that didn’t ask Le to alter the cover, nor did they do it on their own. 

Nyong’o follows a list of celebs (including Kerry Washington, Zendaya, Lady Gaga, and more) who’ve been victim to the dramatic retouching and spoken out about it how this practice causes girls and women to have unrealistic beauty goals.