European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful.
Lupita Nyong’o | A Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year 2014
My Commentary: Lupita is one of the most inspiring actresses in Hollywood right now. Not only is she extremely talented on screen and behind the camera, she is just as compassionate and passionate off-screen as well. It’s inspiring to see the important roles she has taken on in her short introduction to the industry. From her Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, to becoming the first black celebrity to represent the”Face of Lancôme” luxury cosmetic brand, to gracing the cover of Vogue magazine, Lupita has become an inspiring lady. It is her strength, poise and passion that inspire me the most. Did I mention how beautiful she is?! One of the quotes from the Glamour Woman of the Year story that caught my eye was that even in our present day, light skin is still perceived as the ideal beauty; this is a terrible ‘ideal’. We need to recognize that there are so many kinds of beauty and that it comes in all colors. <3
Image Quote created by Arielle Joy: Photography and Quote found in Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year 2014 edition