Lupita Nyong’o graced the silver screen in a role that won her an Oscar. Then, she graced us with an acceptance speech that won our confidence that she will be a positive, transformational leader for a generation of young women.
Prior to her Oscar win, she was awarded the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the 7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon for her work in “12 Years a Slave”. In this speech, she said, “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey, that you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”
Lupita, of Mexican-Kenyan descent, shares her stories of acceptance and the desire for acceptance. She shares her history of being bullied – “teased and taunted about [my] night-shaded skin.” and even praying for lighter skin as a result. She tells how her self-image changed when she saw the international acceptance of South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek – someone who looked like her.
Self acceptance shines through when she said, “Beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.” It’s a valid mantra for us all.
We thank her for amplifying our motto, “Accept more. Judge less.”