When has being natural, in any form, become uncivilized and wild? Lupita Nyong’o has been battling against those in society who don’t quite see the beauty in coils, curls, and kinks.
via Page Six:
“My hair is something that, historically, has been shunned. I mean, how often do you hear ‘You can’t get a job with hair like that’?” the “Black Panther” star, 35, told Porter in her new cover story for the magazine’s fall fashion issue.
“Natural, African, kinky hair — it’s often been painted as uncivilized or wild,” Nyong’o continued. “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.”
The Oscar winner has long been an advocate for the beauty of natural hair. When the style she chose for the 2016 Met Gala was mocked on social media, Nyong’o took to Instagram to share the historical inspiration behind her hairdo.
I stepped into my true identity of being natural over a year ago. What I thought would have been embraced by my peers was actually used as a form of attack against me. When I have disagreements with people, I hear “With your nappy head” or “With your ugly afro”. At times, the negative comments surrounding “natural hair” was somewhat depressing but I have a husband who simply fell in love with me all over again because of my now “natural beauty”.
I think of all of the money I save in not buying bundles, getting braids monthly, or making weekly salon trips. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with the unbeWEAVEABLE look, but embracing every flaw that God made to his perfection is even better.