Lupita Nyong’o just slammed this magazine for editing out her natural hair

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Lupita Nyong’o just slammed this magazine for editing out her natural hair

‘Don’t touch my hair’

Actress Lupita Nyong'o has called out Grazia magazine for digitally altering an image of her in their December issue.

The original photo shows Nyong'o with natural hair tied back, but the photo used by the magazine shows her with an all around buzz-cut, instead.

In an Instagram post, Nyong'o explains she's made it clear with "every fiber of my being" how she embraces her natural heritage despite having grown 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," she says, adding she's disappointed Grazia invited her to be on their cover, only to edit out and smooth her hair to fit their notion of what beautiful looks like.

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. #dtmh

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The actress says had she been consulted, she would've explained she could not support or condone the omission of her hair.

"There is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture," she writes, adding the hashtag #dtmh, short for don't touch my hair.

A similar thing happened last month when Evening Standard magazine featured Solange on their cover, photoshopping out her hair.

dtmh @eveningstandardmagazine

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The magazine's interview with Solange even included multiple quotes from her dedicated to the importance, pride, and power of hair in her own life and the lives of black women.

Knowles posted the original image including the braids with the same abbreviation, "Don’t Touch My Hair," which also happens to be the name of a song on her latest album.

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