Magazines will never learn, will they?
The rigid standards of beauty of old don't hold true anymore — readers want to see diversity that reflects different people and styles, and not everything has to be just so to be beautiful.
But none of that stopped Grazia U.K magazine from photoshopping an accomplished actress to tame her hair.
Lupita Nyong'o was invited by the magazine for their November cover photo shoot and interview. But when Grazia decided to photoshop her natural loose afro ponytail to a close-shaven head without her consent, it infuriated her.
“Disappointed that Grazia UK 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,” the Oscar winner, 34, wrote on Twitter. She also used the hashtag #dtmh (don't touch my hair) to express how she felt.
The “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star also shared the original, unedited images on her Instagram account alongside the retouched cover with an emotional speech regarding black women being discriminated in this industry to satisfy the so-called beauty standards of some people in the fashion industry.
“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.”
People on social media quickly picked up the hashtag, voicing support for the actress.
Shame on you @GraziaUK!! Your Eurocentric idea of beauty is NOT, I REPEAT NOT the standard. Don't ever edit our natural God given hair out. In case y'all don't know, we are beautiful just as we are!!! #donttouchmyhair https://t.co/9S8NZwXQuB— Charlene Jones (@CharleneJones_A) November 10, 2017
They still doing this in 2017? Do these editors live under a rock? #donttouchourhair— Ashley Kapri (@iamashleykapri) November 10, 2017
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