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Even Lupita Nyong’o has struggled with her beauty growing up. During the 7th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon Nyong’o revealed that she wished her skin was lighter as a youngster. “I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before.”
Nyong’o even said she promised God she would quit eating sugar cubes never lose her school sweater again if she was granted her prayer for lighter skin. Obviously it did not come true but she began to see beauty in herself when she came across model Sudanese British supermodel Alek Wek. “She was dark as night and was in all the magazines and on runways. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me.”
“I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”
She is soo gorgeous and even more endearing, love her story! Plus check out her abs in her adorable crop top ensemble. She is amazing!
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