Awareness / Pop-Culture

The Fetishization of Lupita Nyong’o


I assume I’m not the only one who falls into the “oh-my-god-I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-myself-she’s-so-beautiful” category. But it’s important consider various perspectives on the subject of Lupita’s recent visibility in the media:

Black and white people, alike, are enamored with Nyong’o for what I believe, are different reasons. Blacks are proud that Nyong’o crushed it in her portrayal of Patsey and I’m personally excited that we’ve got another black woman winning major acting awards. Whites seems to be most preoccupied with Nyong’o’s exotic look and I think that’s something we, as a society, probably need to address.

via The Motley News

…there’s no such thing as too much Lupita Nyong’o. Let us all gaze upon the stunning beauty of Lupita Nyong’o. The point is not to reduce Lupita Nyong’o to her skin color. She is an adept and skilled actress. She earned a degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She wrote, directed and produced a documentary. She is many things. And she should be able to live her life without feeling like the poster child for a cause.

But in this increasingly visual culture, one in which we’re inundated by images all day long — especially images of women, especially images of young women — she is a glorious and refreshing sight. Her face everywhere helps us, as a society, on our journey as we come to terms with recognizing and embracing non-Caucasian beauty. Visibility is key. Again: Visibility is key. If you don’t see dark faces, how can you see dark faces as beautiful?

via Jezebel


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