Monday, February 12, 2018

Lupita Nyong'o on the March 2018 Cover of Allure Magazine

Thanks to her hairstylist Vernon Francois, Lupita Nyong'o is known for her natural hairstyles on the red carpet. The actress is the March 2018 cover star of Allure magazine. Lupita is flawlessly beautiful on the cover which was shot by Patrick Demarchelier. In the issue, she talks her hair, beauty standards in Mexico and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Lupita's feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 


On how she felt about her hair growing up:
Well, I didn’t love my hair when I was a child. It was lighter than my skin, which made me not love it so much. I was really kind of envious of girls with thicker, longer, more lush hair. In my tween years, I started begging my mother to have my hair relaxed. She wouldn’t allow it, though her hair was relaxed. She felt that that was a decision I could come to when I was maybe 18. Around 13 or 14, I had such a rough time with being teased and feeling really unpretty. My dad intervened and spoke to my mom about my hair, and she finally agreed. She took me to the salon in the middle of the school day, and I got my hair relaxed. I felt so much better because it was easier to tame. All the girls in my class had their hair relaxed. Very few had natural kink, so I felt a lot more acceptable.

On if the beauty standards were different in Mexico:
 Oh, yeah, the beauty standards had nothing to do with me in Mexico. It was such a bizarre, dire time for my hair. I was living in a small town where there was not any semblance of an African community. I’d have to take the bus to Mexico City to find a woman who could braid my hair. That was two and a half hours away.

On if fame changed her:
Well, I have to be just more cautious in public spaces. That’s a big change. What fame does is there is an illusion of familiarity that is cast into the world. So it’s about negotiating with that illusion because oftentimes you encounter people who have encountered you, but you haven’t encountered them. It’s a little weird to find your footing. I have to be aware of that possibility, not imprisoned by it. It’s like, how do I find freedom within that awareness?

Louis Vuitton 

Credit: Allure

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