Lupita Nyong'o Tells 'Vogue' She Wants To Help 'Create Opportunities For People Of Color'
Here’s what the 33-year-old Queen of Katwe star had to share with the mag:
On telling African stories: “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice. I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”
On beauty standards: “The European sense of beauty affects us all. I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi. Being called ‘black mamba.’ The slow burn of recognizing something else is better than you.”
On using her platform: “There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on. I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”
FYI: Lupita is wearing a Chanel dress and Cathy Waterman earrings on the cover.
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