Hollywood has been smitten with Lupita ever since her “gritty” slave portrayal in 12 Years a Slave. The 31-year-old first time Oscar winner has been a darling of the media simultaneously becoming a fashion icon and an inspiration to brown skin girls all over the globe.
Lupita, who was born in mexico and raised in Kenya has expressed on numerous occasions that her new found status as a style icon is even more of an accomplishment having to overcome the insecurities of growing up black influenced by the white standard of beauty.
Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.
It’s for that reason that Lupita hopes, again, to be an inspiration for your girls that don’t see enough of themselves on newsstands and at the box office. Here’s what she said after being awarded the cover.
It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on (it) and feel a little more seen.
(Trust me Lupita if they don’t get the message by now they’ll never get it because you have been EVERYWHERE!)
Congrats to Lupita! Qmunity have any of you started to see the “Lupita Effect” in action yet? Are we making sure young brown girls know that they have a place?
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