Lupita Nyong who just recently published an op-ed in the New York Times describing her ordeal with the former producer and Hollywood magnate Harvey Weinstein has also aired her displeasure on the recent edit of Grazia Magazine which she featured as the cover girl for the November Issue of the magazine.
Lupita Nyong’O has been featured on covers of famous magazines countless times, from Vogue to Essence, Glamour and lots more, but this would be the first time the Academy award winning actress would be coming out publicly to state how she feels about a cover.
According to her, the magazine had edited out her coily hair which threatens her natural heritage and background “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”. It would seem like the actress was making a fuse about the situation but she must have been truly hurt to speak up against an award winning Magazine that has been in existence for years.
Lupita Nyong further stated that “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”.
The actress would not have mined if she was first consulted before any actions taken on enhancing her appearance, “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”.
Grazias responded to Lupita Nyong’s complain with a statement almost immediately, knowing the backlash this could cause the magazine, although the press statement released seemed to have stirred the matter into a rocky grounds as they actually received more backlash from social media users. According to the magazine, “Grazia is commited to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologies unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’O.”
They went further to state that “Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’O’s hair to be altered on this weeks cover, nor did we alter it ourselves. But we apologize unreservedly for not uploading the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alterations that had been made”. As much as Grazia tendered in an apology, social media users are not happy with how the events turned out. One would hope that Lupita Nyong’O feelings is taken into consideration and also hope that Grazia’s backlash doesn’t put them out of business.