Vanity Fair’s “Fair-Skinned” Lupita Nyong’o



I’m not going to go into a big, long diatribe here. But, I saw this picture of the STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS Lupita Nyong’o on IG the other day and immediately thought, “What the heck is that about?!?!? Why does she look so light?” The idiotic thing about it is that they featured her in a white dress, surrounded by white balloons. It seems pretty obvious that she often wears white and bright primary colors, because the contrast against her lovely dark skin is BREATHTAKING.

Any questions?

I would assume that’s why they chose the white dress and balloons for the shoot. However, by lightening her skin, they watered down her beauty and the impact of this image. Stupid Vanity Fair. Stupid. And pathetic.

You can read more about the tweet from Vanity Fair and some of the resulting backlash in the Huffington Post article HERE.



What say ye? Do you think Vanity Fair Lightened Lupita’s skin intentionally?


6 responses »

  1. VF, Vogue, and all the rest continue to fvck up. Until more diversity is at all these magazines –africans, hispanics, indos, asians– there wont be a change.

    Also, you still read and post on Huff Post ? I knoew sht was gonna change when AOL bought it, and it has. They wont allow comments unless I give them my real name, facebook, mobile #, blood type, and first born child. That is too damn much. Accounts that signed up years ago were supposed to be grandfathered in but werent. Not everyone is on facebook! This is all a ploy to get more ppl to
    join fb ( just like yt required a google plus account to use youtube in order to increase the #s or its hugely disliked google plus social network) and Im sure Ariana Huffington is getting paid. I hope her page views tank.


  2. All the photoshopping in the world is not going to make this woman look “light”. If black are constantly going to go overboard sensitivity-wise over ever little thing, then it’s time black women stayed out of show businesses and magazine covers. Stay hidden! Gee-zus! These magazine covers photoshop soft fleshy white women, too, to make them appear more angular as well as lighten their skin. Vanity Fair is not in the business of image self-esteem. There is nothing REAL about them!


  3. The famous Bill Crosby once said, “It isn’t a matter of black is beautiful, as much as it is that… white is not all that’s beautiful.” I hope that his words speak to your hurting heart of acceptance. My goal in this life is not to redefine beauty, but to change what it’s built on. My blog series, is in hopes that we can all see that our black, white, yellow, green, pink, orange, and every color in between has beauty of its own.


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