Lupita Nyong'o: 'Society's Preference For Lighter Skin Is Alive And Well'

The "Us" actor said that colorism is a prejudice that's plaguing communities worldwide.

Lupita Nyong鈥檕 addressed the long history of colorism in a powerful string of tweets on Monday.

The Oscar-winning actress wrote that 鈥渟ociety鈥檚 preference for lighter skin, is alive and well,鈥 noting that colorism is not just a prejudice that exists in 鈥減laces with a largely white population.鈥

鈥淭hroughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter,鈥 said Nyong鈥檕, who was born in Mexico City and raised in her parents鈥 native Kenya.

The 鈥淯s鈥 actor tweeted a photo of herself at 5 years old, writing that her 鈥渇antasies鈥 as a child motivated her to write 鈥淪ulwe,鈥 her newly released children鈥檚 picture book about colorism and self-love that centers on a dark-skinned girl.

鈥淎s a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn鈥檛 have any mirrors,鈥 Nyong鈥檕 wrote, adding that 鈥渕irrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world.鈥

Nyong鈥檕 has addressed colorism and its impact on communities on numerous occasions.

In a 2014 interview with Glamour, Nyong鈥檕 said that European standards of beauty 鈥減lague the entire world.鈥

鈥淭he idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love,鈥 she continued.

In 2017, Nyong鈥檕 criticized Grazia UK for featuring an altered image of her hair on its cover. The actor pointed to a long history of discrimination against Black hair and Black hair textures.

鈥淒isappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like,鈥 Nyong鈥檕 tweeted that year.

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