feature: lupita nyong’o was told she’d never be married because of her dark skin

November 5, 2014

Actress Lupita Nyong’o talks colorism with recent comments in Glamour. Nyong’o has become the Magazine’s 24th Woman of the Year, and told the magazine about her experiences growing up as a ‘Dark Girl’: “When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ Nyong’o adds, “I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn’t get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten her skin, and she gets the job! This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn’t hearing this from my immediate family — my mother never said anything to that effect — but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents.” Check out the cover star, below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor