Lupita Nyong’o is becoming very popular especially now that she has been nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the “12 Years as a Slave” movie.

The media is after her. Magazines like Vanity Fair have lined up to feature the star in their best sections. That is what the magazine was doing as they prepared to feature her in their “Vanities” section. They photographed her but social media users noticed that the magazine lightened up her skin in the photos maybe to make her look whiter than she is.

They tweeted this;


Then Twitter users responded;




The same has reportedly happened to Beyonce and India Arie. They have all been previously lightened to make them look whiter than they are. Is this really right?

  • MicelAngello

    What difference does it make? She’s still black anyway.

  • ToyinA

    Thank you for sharing this Kahawa, It’s so obvious what the Vanity Fair photographer was up to, it’s not just the lighting, the choice of white background and pushing of contrast levels to highlight whites is a deliberate manipulation of Lupita Nyong’o’s image that misses the point director Steve McQueen so brilliantly emphasised by casting this natural beauty as the leading woman of his instant classic ‘12 Years a Slave’.

    I’ve been working on and plan to release a feature length film this year on this and related topics about beauty from an African perspective. You can catch the trailer at;

    I hope you enjoy it and help spread the word.