12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o Delivers a Powerful Speech About Black Beauty
Latest posts by Dianne Austin (see all)
- Video Sharing: HOW TO GET CURLY HAIR (TUTORIAL) - April 6, 2018
- Entrepreneur Tonya Cross Is Making Waves in the Natural Hair Space: NHCN Podcast #0026 - November 4, 2017
- Part 2: Alopecia, Hair Loss and More: A Candid Conversation About Our Hair with Dr. Shari Hicks Graham NHCN Podcast #0025 - September 27, 2017
If you’ve watched the Oscars, you have heard Lupita Nyong’o’s moving and inspiring speech about believing in the validity of your dreams no matter where you’re from.
But before the Oscars, Lupita delivered a very powerful speech at the Essence Magazine annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon about beauty that every young black girl needs to hear.
In her speech, Lupita shared her own insecurities as a young girl. It was difficult for her to see herself as beautiful. And it didn’t help that everywhere she turned whether on TV and in magazines, beauty was always portrayed as pale-skinned, golden-haired and blue-eyed. But according to Lupita, her self-hatred faded when she saw how South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek was embraced by many as beautiful.
“When I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty”.
But it was her own mother’s words that made her finally accept herself and celebrate her own unique beauty. Her mother told her that “You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you.” These words bothered Lupita but she finally realized what they meant:
“I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.”
“And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What does sustain us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
She concluded her oratory by sharing her hopes that her presence in the media – in movies, TV screens and magazines – will help young black girls to finally realize that they are already beautiful. Black girls only need to work on their inner beauty because that is what lasts even when external beauty has long faded. Lastly, every young girl needs to understand that there is no shade to inner beauty.
Watch Lupita Nyong’o’s powerfully inspirational speech below:
|“Changing attitudes about natural hair” is what we do at Natural Haircare News. Through informative articles, podcasts and videos, we go beyond just sharing the latest advice and tips on kinky, curly, wavy haircare – We shake things up and focus on the realities of wearing our hair natural. Not sure of which products are right for your hair type? Visit our solution oriented natural hair products store.|
You May Also Like:
- Are Black Men Missing From the Natural Hair Conversation?
- Lupita Supports Kheris Rogers’ “Flexin’ In My Complexion” Campaign
- Are Black Women Being Punished for Wearing Their Hair In Its Natural State?
- Article: Do You Dislike My Natural Hair?
- Cancer Support Resources That You Might Not Know Exist
- Oprah and Her Natural Hair: Is She a Role Model?
- Lupita Nyong’o’s Groundbreaking Approach to the Teenie Weenie Afro
- NHCN Podcast 0012: Why Does Airport Security Need to Search My Hair?
- The Daily Show Enlists Jessica Williams: ‘Operation Black Hair’ Tries To Educate White Army Men About Natural Hair
- “I Have a Nice Interesting Grade of Hair”: Do Celebrity Comments Reinforce The Good Hair, Bad Hair Divide? [Video]
- How To Reclaim Your Forgotten Black Girl Magic
- The Politics Of Natural Hair: An Effective Get Out The Vote Video Campaign
Explore Our Website!
Let’s Stay In Touch
What Others Are Saying
Natural Haircare Topics
- How Do You Know If You Have Scab Hair? Pictures
- 6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
- The Finer Things In Life: Tips For Fine Hair Naturals!
- Combating Fairy Knots In Natural Hair, (Single Strand Knots)
- The LOC Method: 3 Steps For Happy, Moisture Rich, Natural Hair
- Mature Women and Natural Hair – A Photo Gallery
- Transitioners Start Here
- Natural Haircare Training and Certification Available at a North Carolina Community College
- The Benefits of Hair Steaming For Natural Hair
- To Trim Or Not To Trim – That Is The Question