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Lupita Nyong'o Calls Out Magazine for Photoshopping Her Natural Hair

Lupita Nyong'o Calls Out Magazine for Photoshopping Her Natural Hair

The original photos include Nyong'o's ponytail with her natural hair. Nyong'o is now speaking out about the cover - and her response to the magazine removing and smoothing her natural hair is so important.

The Oscar victor also added the hashtag #dtmh to her posts, short of "don't touch my hair". Solange also took to her Instagram account to post the hashtage #dtmh, and Nyong'o may have done so in solidarity with Solange. The Oscar victor and Pirelli 2018 calendar star posted her original photographs from the shoot, along with a lengthy caption detailing the disappointment she felt when she discovered that the magazine "edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what attractive hair looks like".

The 34-year-old Oscar victor expressed disappointment that the publication "edited out and smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what lovely hair looks like". She tweeted the photo below.

On Thursday night, Lupita Nyong'o tweeted at U.K. magazine Grazia U.K., saying she was disappointed that the publication had "edited out and smoothed" her hair on its cover to "fit a more Eurocentric notion of what lovely hair looks like".

A role model for young girls in the film and beauty industry, Nyong'o has pledged to fight systemic inequality and the injustice women and black people face on a daily basis, and as she writes in her Instagram post, she is adamant that "there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture".

She added that she had been excited to appear on the cover to 'show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are handsome just the way they are'.

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She further elaborates that she was not consulted about the airbrushing of her images and had she been asked she would have condemned the editorial decision.

The Telegraph has contacted Grazia for comment.

"Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong'o".

Conventional beauty standards were also challenged by Solange a month ago using the same hashtag when Evening Standard Magazine edited her ethnic hairstyle.

"Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong's' hair to be altered on this week's cover, nor did we alter it ourselves". The magazine issued an apology and said the omission was made for "layout purposes".

This isn't the first time celebrity women have called out magazines for altering their physical features, but there's certainly been an uptick in frequency this year.


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