On April 23rd, 2014, People magazine named Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican-Kenyan actress Most Beautiful Woman of 2014. This news has created a lot of positive and negative buzz and reactions online. In Haiti, many women see her nomination as an offense to their own beauty, others believe that beauty is too relative to be appraised. I see Lupita’s nomination with very positive eyes.
This nomination was made to convey two messages to the world:
1- Beauty is not equated with long, luscious, straight hair and light skin anymore. So many black women are struggling with their self-image. They made so many changes to their hair, their skin color, their physical features that they’ve lost their identity. They’ve lost their self-esteem and self-love with it. Proclaiming Lupita, a dark-skinned woman with very short kinky natural hair as the MOST beautiful woman of 2014 debunks the myth that night shaded skin…
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