Lupita Nyong’o is definitely firing on all cylinders towards the end of the year. She landed yet another magazine cover with Elle, after adorning the cover of Essence magazine. As always she looks classy, chic and stunning.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Elle magazine interview is probably one of the most inspiring interview she has done yet because she talked about sensitive issues in a way that shows that she’s got a good head on her shoulders.
Lupita Nyong’o gave her thought on the need for diversity as it helps in making all races feel like they are a part of something and the worth of the “dark skin.”
“If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself. And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”
Lupita Nyong’o also talked about the issues her family had to tackle in a country (Mexico) that found their colour weird at the time. She also talked fame and wished there was a switch to help control this.
“[Living in Mexico as a child] people would stop and take pictures of us just because we were black. And it was a time during that tricky adolescent phase when you’re coming into yourself and you’re trying to pave your own way but you’re insecure about where you lie. It devastated me”.
“I don’t think being conspicuous is a state we’re supposed to live in, or at least not permanently. I wish there was a dial we could turn up and down. And in a sense I can, by making very deliberate choices about what I do and when and how, and with whom.”
Lupita Nyong’o’s Elle Magazine UK’s January 2016 issue was photographed by Kai Z Feng and styled by Anne-Marie Curtis.