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Lupita Nyong’o Slams U.K. Magazine Grazia for Photoshopping Her Hair

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Lupita Nyong’o is not happy with Grazia magazine after the publication noticeably photoshopped her natural hair from the cover. Did they really think she wouldn't notice?! The original cover shoot featured the Oscar winner with her hair pulled back into a ponytail, however, after being edited, she was left with a close-shaven head instead.

Lupita was understandably upset so she decided to call out the magazine in a lengthy post on Instagram. In it, she states her disappointment with the magazine, alleging that her natural hair was cropped out to fit the “traditional beauty standards” in Hollywood. She even shared a side by side of the original, unedited photos alongside the retouched cover.

Read her beautifully-written statement below:

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. 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. 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

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In case you didn't know, the #dtmh hashtag stands for “Don’t touch my hair” and it was first used by Solange Knowles after she experienced the same offense with Evening Standard Magazine earlier this month. You would think people would learn from their mistakes….

Following Lupita's post, Grazia did issue a statement on Twitter, apologizing “for not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alternations that had been made.”

But is an apology enough? Not only is it straight up disrespectful to make changes like that without the person's permission, but it's really upsetting that Lupita needed to explain why photoshopping her hair out of a photo is a problem. It should be common sense at this point in time.

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