Lupita Nyong’o is a bright and shining star and will never be anything short of that, regardless of what critics might say.
The 12 Years a Slave star is featured in Vogue‘s October issue and opens up about Hollywood and for herself personally, being shut down because of the complexion of her skin.
The Vogue cover girl revealed to the mag that one agent said her career would last only “two-and-half, three years.” The critic then and slapped the star with this question: “Would Beyoncé be who she is if she didn’t look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at [Beyoncé’s] image and see themselves in her.”
The Kenyan actress, who went to her native town to shoot for Vogue, explained, “I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady. She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry. I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition.”
The 33-year-old, who rose to fame after her role in the Steve McQueen-directed drama, shared, “I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that.”
For Nyong’o, this is something that needs to change, and it’s now about changing people’s outlooks and creating opportunity for women of color like herself. “There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on,” Lupita told the fashion publication. “I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why [my characters in] Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”
Lupita’s new film, Queen of Katwe is out now.
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