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Lupita Nyong’o. I love her. She is so refined. So graceful. The classic African Beauty that my home continent always sings about. I don’t know what excites me more. Seeing a woman of color succeed in Hollywood or seeing an African rooted woman of color succeed (shout out to my heritage!). She has captured the hearts of thousands because of her exotic background and beauty and it makes me excited because slowly people like her are becoming more accepted by the public HOWEVER, while Vanity Fair saw fit to have her grace the February issue of their magazine, it’s speculated that the photo was altered in order for Nyong’o’s skin to appear lighter.
Lighting or pure photoshop?
This isn’t the first time that Vanity Fair has had questionable activity that has made readers and even other actresses wonder about the motives and messages of the magazine.
In 2010, Gabourey Sidibe who played the main role of Precious in the film ‘Precious’ was interviewed at Vanity Fair for their March Issue on “The Fresh Faces of 2010.” These faces included breakout stars of the year, Carey Mulligan, Emma Stone, and Amanda Seyfried who were all granted a spot in the fold out cover. Of course, Sidibe was excluded from this group (read the story here). While the actress was able to brush the snub off quickly, it didn’t negate the fact that Vanity Fair had possibly been involved with making an executive decision to leave Sidibe off the cover. Perhaps she wasn’t thin enough? Perhaps in the same way, Nyong’o wasn’t light enough? You decide.