Last night, Lupita Nyong'o tweeted at British magazine Grazia U.K., saying that she disapproved of the publication's decision to photoshop her hair on its cover to "fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like."
Nyong'o included both the magazine's cover, which shows her hair closely buzzed, and what seemed to be the original photos, in which she has longer hair pulled back in a ponytail. She also posted about the incident on Instagram, expressing her frustration and explaining why the magazine's edit was about more than simply changing her appearance:
"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."
Grazia has now apologized "unreservedly," saying in a statement, "Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong'o." However, the magazine said they would also "like to make clear" that no one on the staff asked the photographer "for Nyong'o's hair to be altered nor did we alter it ourselves." It is unclear, then, who edited the photo.
Less than a month ago, Solange had to call out The Evening Standard for photoshopping out a significant portion of her braided hairstyle with an Instagram referencing her famous Seat At the Table track, "Don't Touch My Hair."
The magazine apologized, and the writer of the piece publicly disowned the work.
This appears to be a lesson that needs to be learned more than once before it sticks.
[h/t Vanity Fair]
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