Lupita Nyong'o has called out Grazia after it removed parts of her hair for the front cover of its November edition.
The Oscar-winning actress shared a lengthy message on Instagram in which she explained that she was disappointed in the magazine for editing out and smoothening her kinky, coily hair.
"As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too," she wrote. "Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.
She continued: "I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh"
Grazia have since issued a statement apologizing to Lupita.
The news comes just a few weeks after Solange Knowles experienced a similar situation with her cover for the Evening Standard.[ id="Bab6yVZhESx"]
The singer, who is a strong advocate for black culture and beauty, was left unimpressed this week when she discovered that the newspaper had photoshopped out her statement braided halo on the cover - especially as she had just discussed the importance of black hair in the featured interview.
Taking to Instagram, Solange shared the untouched version of the photograph with the caption “dtmh”(the same hashtag Lupita used in her post) - a reference to her song ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ from her hit 2016 album, A Seat at the Table. The magazine’s decision received a wide backlash on Twitter shortly after, with many offended fans urging the editor-in-chief to explain the edit.
The Evening Standard issued an apology to Solange in a statement, saying: “We were delighted to have the chance to interview the wonderful Solange Knowles and photograph her for this week’s edition of ES magazine. It is therefore a matter of great regret that the finished cover artwork of the magazine caused concern and offence. The decision to amend the photograph was taken for layout purposes but plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange."