OSCAR winner Lupita Nyong’o has slammed Grazia magazine, accusing them of photoshopping off her entire ponytail.
The 12 Years A Slave actress was the November cover girl for the UK version of the magazine and appeared to expose Grazia’s Photoshop with a before and after collage on her Instagram.
The before shot clearly shows her hair gathered at the back of her head. The after photo, the one Grazia used for the cover, appears to show Nyong’o with a shaved head.
Alongside the obvious Photoshop, the actress wrote an empowering message.
“As I have made clear so often in the past with every fibre of my being, I embrace my natural heritage. 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.
Nyong’o labelled Grazia’s decision to photoshop her as “disappointing”.
“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,” she wrote.
Fellow actress Reese Witherspoon commented on the post writing: “The real you is gorgeous”.
Vernon Francois, who was Nyong’o’s hair stylist for the Grazia shoot also posted a supportive message to his Instagram.
“It’s time to celebrate the beauty of textured hair in all its glory. It is imperative to have honest depictions of the vivacity of textured hair in the media so that we can embrace the reality that there is no one standard of beauty,” he wrote, alongside the before and after shots.
A video posted to Grazia UK’s Instagram three days ago also appears to also include Lupita Nyong’o with her ponytail edited out.
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In a statement released earlier today, Grazia UK apologised to Nyong’o.
“Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologises unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o.
“Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves. But we apologise unreservedly for not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alterations that had been made,” the statement said.