Lupita is Redefining Beauty

Recognize her???

She played the starring role in ‘Black Panther’ as well as won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in ’12 Years a Slave’. 

She’s been killing the game for a while but just recently began being recognized for her work.  PEOPLE’s magazine recognized her as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman although growing up she was taught otherwise. It is not until just recently she has learned of her beauty.   

How could this beauty not know she was beautiful?

Because,

“European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world – the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, [and] that light skin is the key to success and love.”

Lupita Nyong’o

Also due to interactions such as this, 

“When I was in 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?’ I was mortified,” she continues. “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.”

Lupita Nyong’o

Very unfortunate but thankfully as an adult, she is in a position to change this perception and redefine the standard of beauty.  

Very encouraging and empowering to women like me.  I didn’t experience these specific scenarios, but the feeling was the same and I had to learn that I was beautiful.  Not being affirmed as a child and being bullied has a way of sticking with you.  The views of yourself are through the eyes of people versus your Creator.  God declared you were “fearfully and wonderfully made” or in another translation, “wonderfully complex” but I think we often forget with all the images we’re bombarded with on a daily basis. 

But beauty is wonderfully complex and has no boundaries.  Beauty is how you choose to see it and that’s the beauty of beauty.  

I was in Kenya on a missions trip last year and I was given the name, Akinyi, which means “Born in the Morning”, by one of the staff members that worked at the camp we stayed at.  This individual was always dropping knowledge about the Kenyan culture and mentioned that Akinyi was a Luo name and Lupita is Luo.  Also, her father is the Governor of Kisum where Obama was born.  Though this may seem like a super random fact, it put a smile on my face. It felt good to know that in some small way, our stories intertwined.

Help me celebrate this queen for re-defining beauty for herself and ultimately the world. 

Loving. Living. Growing. 

~ Forever Trina

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