Lupita Nyong’o is getting in touch with out a British isles fashion mag for digitally altering her hair.
According to the actress, Grazia UK modified the appearance of her wild hair to make it seem slicker and less textured
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. 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. 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. #dtmh
“As I have made clear frequently in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural traditions and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky locks were the requirements of beauty, I now know that my dark skin area and kinky, coily locks are beautiful too,” Nyong’o composed. “Being included on the cover of a publication fulfills me as it can be an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and specifically our children, they are beautiful just the way they are.
“I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on the cover and then edited away and smoothed my wild hair to fit their idea of what beautiful scalp looks like. Experienced I been consulted, I would have explained which i cannot support or condone the omission of what’s my native heritage with the intent that they appreciate that there surely is still a very long way to go to fight the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hairstyle and texture.”
Nyong’o included a photo of Grazia’s Nov. 2017 cover alongside two images that appear to be the initial, unedited photos. Her coily scalp is slicked back into a minimal, textured ponytail.
She included the hashtag #dtmh, which means “Don’t Touch My Scalp,” a phrase that is also the subject of a music from Solange Knowles’ record, “A Seating at the Desk.”
Grazia has since apologized for the cover within an Instagram post of its own.
“Grazia is focused on representing variety throughout its internet pages and apolgises unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o,” the publication said in a affirmation on Friday.
“Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point have they make an editorial submission to the professional photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s scalp to be modified upon this week’s cover, nor did we adjust it ourselves. But we apologise unreservedly for not upholding the editorial requirements in making certain we were aware of all alterations that had been made.”
Nyong’o’s callout of Grazia employs Knowles criticized “Nighttime Standard” magazine for enhancing out her hair on the cover of its publication in Oct. The vocalist posed for the journal with blonde cornrows which were topped with a extra tall, blonde, braided halo.