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Twenty-year-old French model Tina Kunakey is killing the game at the Cannes Film Festival. You may know her from her work on the runway, in publications like Vogue Italia, or a certain A$AP Rocky music video. The French press is obsessed with her and the model just may be the next big thing.

She made headlines in Europe when she began a relationship with French actor Vincent Cassel, who just happens to be 30 years her senior. Vincent was married to Italian actress Monica Bellucci for 14 years before they separated in 2013.

Tina was a competitive swimmer until an injury forced her to quit, so she focused full time on modeling.

Born to an African father from Togo and an Italian Mother, Tina grew up in Toulouse and walked her first big couture fashion show last year when Jean Paul Gaultier tapped her for his runway.

 

 

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Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Editing Out Her Kinks & Coils

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When will these magazines learn…

Lupita Nyong’o just checked Grazia UK for brazenly altering her hair to remove any trace of kink, coil or wave. The magazine had invited the stunning actress to grace the cover of their November issue, but when the photo hit the ‘net there was one thing missing … Nyong’o’s natural ponytail.

In a lengthy IG post, Lupita let’s them have it, stating in part, “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.”

Read the full post below:

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.

For their part, Grazia apologized, essentially blaming the photographer.

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