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Lupita Nyong'o Reveals Why She Decided to Go Bald

Lupita Nyong'o Reveals Why She Decided to Go Bald

Lupita Nyong’o is a goddess in green while posing for the cover of InStyle magazine‘s April 2016 issue, on newsstands March 18.

Here is what the 33-year-old The Jungle Book actress had to share with the mag:

On her hair: “I wasn’t sure if I could pull off [the bald look]. Because hair is the frame of the face, right? And we spend so much time on it, trying to get it perfect. It often defines one’s beauty and feminine value. Almost on a whim, I was like, What if I didn’t have it? And so I shaved it all off – I was a complete baldy! It was shocking at first, especially for my mom. But I learned to embrace my features. And I like myself a lot more now that I’m not constantly fussing over my hair.”

On life after winning an Oscar: “Right after the Oscars, I had no idea what I was going to do next. Zero clue. There’s part of me that thought my life would go back to normal. Like at school. But it didn’t. I did not get out of that unscathed, you know?”

On the controversy around African-Americans in Hollywood: “There is a real imbalance, from the very creation of the stories and who’s telling them, how, and why. Change has to happen with the writers, the studio, the marketers, the directors. That’s got to be diversified because there is a hunger for the expansion of the role of people of color in the center of narratives.”

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Photos: Photographed for InStyle by Thomas Whiteside
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