Vanity Fair Just Doesn’t Understand Black Beauty 

She Matters: By not capturing actress Lupita Nyong’o’s true complexion, the magazine rejects the full spectrum of African-American beauty.

Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Nyongo’s hue of black is unquestionably beautiful, and part of the recent draw to her is because everyone knows there are too few black women in Hollywood—or, heck, all of entertainment—who look like her. We get light-skinned women by the dozens, brown ladies by the pound and very few dark-skinned women to celebrate the complete spectrum of black beauty. Nyong’o brings talent to the table but also a missing piece of an incomplete puzzle. It’s important that we celebrate her beauty—especially her complexion-—as is.

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor at The Root, a life coach and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life and the upcoming Don’t Waste Your Pretty: The Go-to Guide for Making Smarter Decisions in Life & Love. Follow her on Twitter.