Lupita Nyongo: Reveals how she wanted to have a light skin while she was young but everything went opposite to her.

Actor Lupita Nyong'o warned about the dangers of colourism, admitting that when she was younger she was searching for lighter skin.
Lupita Nyongo

"I had a lighter-skinned daughter, and people would be chilled over her in ways that they wouldn't be with me, and I certainly internalized that," the Black Panther actor told The Sunday Times Style.
Nyong'o claimed to remember being humiliated as a child by the color of her skin.

"I've seen some teasing in school and you're watching light skin on Television, of course, and it's all over the magazines, so all those things subconsciously train you to believe the light is wrong," she said. "I definitely wanted lighter skin. I've done what I could do to make it that way-prayer and such stuff."

The 12 Years a Slave actor added that she was affected when she grew up by the lack of representation in fairytales, such as Cinderella and Rapunzel.
"Yeah, they've all been white characters. I'd read them over and over again, but I didn't see myself in those books, "she said." There's that conditioning subconsciously. "It's only with retrospect that she understood how problematic some of the children's books she read were in terms of their race portrayal, she said.
"When there were characters that were supposed to look like me, it was Enid Blyton and it was the golliwogs," she said, referring to the once famous toys featured in the books of the children's author that are now widely considered to reflect negative racial stereotypes.
"I didn't really know they represented me," she added. "I thought it was Enid Blyton's imagination that golliwogs were figments – they were bumbling, kind of idiotic. It was only later as I grew up looking at them that I was like, ' Oh dear. '"
It was encounters like these that inspired Nyong'o to write the book of her own girls, Sulwe, which is a book of pictures about a young girl who wants her dark skin to be lighter.


"Children who have not yet been taught their value by the community are the ones who most need to hear it," she said.

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