Lupita Nyong’O is the cover star for British publication, Grazia magazine’s november issue. The Oscar award winner has however criticised the magazine for editing her hair to fit their own idea of what beautiful hair looks like.
She revealed that her hair was actually in a ponytail as opposed to the smoothed out look that made it to the magazine’s final cut. On her instagram, she posted pictures from the shoot where her long hair is fully visible, with the look contrasted against the final magazine cover, accompanied by a lengthy message on instagram where she expressed her unhappiness with the magazine and even added the hashtag #dtmh-Don’t touch my hair-
“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”
The magazine has since released what they deemed an unreserved apology saying,
“Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologises unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o”
“Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they 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.
“But we apologise unreservedly for not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring we were aware of all alterations that had been made.”