Lupita Nyong’o calls out magazine for altering her hair in cover photo


Actress Lupita Nyong’o has taken magazine Grazia UK to task after editors there “edited out” and “smoothed” her hair for their cover photo. Nyong’o shared unaltered photos from the shoot alongside the final magazine cover, pointing out that Grazia UK had airbrushed her hair using photo editing tools, and removed her frizzy curls from the image entirely.

“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,” wrote the 12 Years a Slave star on Instagram. “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.”

“There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh,” added Nyong’o, referencing Solange Knowles song, “Don’t Touch My Hair.” Just last month, Knowles also repudiated The London Evening Standard for editing her braid out of their magazine cover by writing “dtmh” in an Instagram post.

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