Pretty Hurts: How Lupita Nyong’o is Healing the Beauty Game

For all my Brown Skin Ladies out there. Love this post from Real Colored Girls!
“You fruitful, beautiful, smart, lovable, huggable
Doable like art, suitable to be part
Of my life, Coppertone, oh, you copyright infringement
Pay you bidness ten cents, way back in the day
It’s like I’m standin’ there you know appreciatin’ God’s design
And then you showed up, it’s like you read my mind…”

Brown Skin Lady, Black Star (Dante Smith/Mos Def/Yasiin Bey and Talib Greene/Talib Kweli)

Real Colored Girls

Lupita 1

She was made of black mother-of-pearl,
made of dark-purple grapes,
and she lashed my blood
with her tail of fire…

~Pablo Neruda, The Fickle One


Lupita MiuMiu2#beautyheals, to regram an elegant and wise Rebecca Walker hashtag, and nowhere is this more evident than in the current obsession Black women are having with the startling and luminous images of our girl, Lupita Nyong’o, that have flooded the representational sphere this awards season. With everything from a campaign for high-end fashion house Miu Miu underway and an uncounted number of fashion spread features and entertainment industry shout-outs, to the onslaught of love letters and crazed social media fandom, Nyong’o’s sudden, fervent ubiquity points to the fact that we are not the only ones thirsting for a gorgeous, earth-black, African descended beauty revolution. She sits, center stage, poised to interrupt the global pageantry of the Hollywood film industry. As far as we’re concerned…

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