Watch and listen to Academy Awards (2014) nominee, actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) discuss being black and beautiful, and be inspired by her mother’s words of wisdom: “You can’t eat beauty.”
It is so necessary for young women and girls of colour to be able to see and look up to figures such as Nyong’o and it is so wonderful to hear her philosophy on the beauty standards and structures that still dictate not only the industry she works in, but also the world we all live in. The anecdote Nyong’o shares as well as that of the letter from a fan, are two of many examples of why a blog such as this one are needed as they illustrate the pervasiveness (once again) of a white beauty standard, which spills over into the wedding industry too.
I really hope that at tonight’s Oscar ceremony, Lupita gets the recognition from the academy that she deserves. However, if she does not she should know what a legend and inspiration she is.