Lupita Nyong’o Addresses The Prejudice Against Her ‘Uncivilized’ And ‘Wild’ Hair

Lupita Nyong’o’s locks are a thing of beauty but her hair was not always so widely accepted.

The “Black Panther” actress told PORTER magazine she was often “shunned” for her “kinky” locks.

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‘Natural African, kinky hair – it’s often been painted as uncivilized or wild,” she said. “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfils 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.

“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 35-year-old has become a film and fashion darling in spite of people’s prejudices. For that, she thanks her mother.

“My whole outlook and sense of self is Kenyan but my mom made a point of letting me know that I was born someplace else. So I always felt an affinity, a need to get to know that place,” Nyong’o explained. “I was the only one in my family born there.”

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“It was the thing that made me special. I come from a very patriarchal world but not within my family. My dad listened to my mom. My mom held her own. There was never a sense of her deflecting from my father. She had the power to say no to things and I saw her hold that power.”

Nyongo’o will next star in the zombie outbreak flick “Little Monsters” and is currently filming the horror thriller “Us” with Elisabeth Moss and “Star Wars: Episode IX”.

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