Lupita Nyong'o Calls Out Magazine for Photoshopping Her Natural Hair

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"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."

Photoshopping scandals regarding the retouching of wrinkles, thighs or bosoms have often plagued magazines, but Lupita Nyong'o is up in arms over the dramatic postproduction edit of another aspect of her image: Her hair. 

The actress, who appears on the cover of Grazia U.K. sporting a an ultra-short, smooth 'do, took the title to task for editing out her original hair style — a tight, low ponytail in which her "kinky, coily hair" was on display. 

"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," she wrote on Instagram next to a collage showing the magazine cover side-by-side with original, unretouched images.

"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," she continued. "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." 

Nyong'o added that she was not consulted by the magazine before the changes were made, and that she would never openly "support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage." 

The actress added the hashtag, "#dtmh," a tip of the hat to Solange's anthem "Don't Touch My Hair." Solange, too, recently took to Instagram to voice her concern that her elaborate hair style had been cropped out of the cover of an issue of Evening Standard magazine.  

Concluded Nyong'o in her social media post, "There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style 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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