(LOS ANGELES) — U.K. magazine Grazia learned the hard way that you don’t touch a black woman’s hair.
For their November 2017 cover, the magazine used a digitally altered image of Lupita Nyong’o, which showed the actress sporting a low cut. In the original photo, Lupita’s hair was pushed back in a ponytail, with an Afro puff in the back.
Seeing the changes, Nyong’o called out the mag on Instagram, saying she was “disappointed” in the magazine’s decision to edit her appearance in order to “fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”
“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,” Lupita wrote, captioning a split image of the magazine’s published photo beside the original one. “I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.”
Nyong’o 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.” She added that had she “been consulted,” she would have never “condoned the omission of [her] native heritage” and that “there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women.”
In a statement, Grazia apologized “unreservedly” to Nyong’o, stating in part that they are “committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o.” They also said the decision to alter Nyongo’s hair wasn’t theirs.
Last month, Solange also received an apology from a U.K. magazine after her images was digitally altered. London’s Evening Standard issued an apology after they deleted some of Solange’s braids from the magazine’s cover photo.
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