If you haven’t heard of Lupita Nyong’o yet, take a deep breath. She is the 2014 Academy Award winner for best actress in a supporting role. There haven’t been more than a handful of women or men that have impacted me to the nucleus of the cells that formulate my thoughts, words, and emotions.
By the way, if you don’t already know, I’m a woman of colour, brown to be exact. I spent many years in my adolescence and early adulthood wishing I was white. My reasons for wanting the skin change don’t really matter. What’s even more shameful, as an adult, I also wasted years wishing I was a man. At that time I believed I was the only one who felt this way about myself. Ideally, my life could have been so much easier if I had been born a white male.
It was saddening to awaken to the reality that girls, young ladies, and women of colour all over the world have been infected by this defective premise virus. If I would have read/heard Ms. Nyong’o’s immunizing words as a child, I believe I could have embraced all of me and recognized my own beauty, allowing me to receive deservingly and give more freely. Thank you for you eloquence, kindness, confidence, and class Lupita Nyong’o! You are my latest, most beautiful hero.
Your words need to fall on all ears of all shades.