Actress Lupita Nyong’o has won Oscars and hearts everywhere. The fierce, gorgeous woman graced the cover of Grazia UK’s November issue, and she looked beautiful. However, there was one glaring issue.
We live in a world in which women are held to impossible beauty standards and women of color are constantly urged to adhere to European ideals. Though we as a society are slowly chipping away at the walls of bigotry and misogyny that have shut out so much female expression and beauty, it’s still a process.
When Grazia UK photoshopped Nyong’o’s hair without her permission, they participated in a dying tradition of airbrushing true beauty.