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Don't Touch Lupita Nyong'o's Hair, Grazia Magazine

Seriously, don't
Never underestimate Lupita Nyong'o: Just weeks after writing a powerful op-ed in the New York Times about being repeatedly harassed by Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winner spoke out against British publication Grazia Magazine for photoshopping her hair.
On her Instagram, she posted side-by-side images of the unretouched and retouched images -- and it's immediately clear that they removed her low ponytail and edited the image to look like she had a shaved head.


"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," wrote Nyong'o. "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."

Nyong'o also wrote of her experience growing up and idealizing "light skin and straight, silky hair" as accepted beauty standards, before realizing the beauty of her own "dark skin and kinky, coily hair." She finished the post off with a simple hashtag: #dtmh. Fans may recognize this as a nod to Solange Knowles, singer/songwriter of "Don't Touch My Hair." (Knowles also had her hair photoshopped on the cover of a magazine mere weeks ago, and she used the same hashtag in protest).

Vernon François, the artist behind both Nyong'o and Knowles' wrongfully photoshopped hairstyles took to Instagram as well, saying "It's time to celebrate the beauty of textured hair in all its glory. It's imperative to have honest depictions of the vivacity of textured hair in the media so that we can embrace the reality that there is no one standard of beauty."

For their part, Grazia Magazine has issued an apology. But honestly: It's something that never should have happened in the first place.
BY ROSIE NARASAKI | NOV 10, 2017 | SHARES
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