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.
‘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.”
“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”.