Lupita – Beauty that Inflames the Heart
Lupita Nyong’o has taken the world by storm in a unique way. This talented actress from Kenya, Africa, stepped onto the world stage in the movie 12 Years a Slave and left with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Her extremely articulate acceptance speech is to be admired. http://entertainment.time.com/2014/03/02/oscars-2014-lupita-nyongo-speech-best-supporting-actress/ She stood confidently and shared from her heart her gratitude for the award and those who were integral in her success. She has been highlighted in many ways and venues because of her beauty and talent. As a Yale University graduate, she is well-equipped with the capacity to express herself with regards to her life’s experiences which substantiate her apparent groundedness about what world has lauded her for in the entertainment and beauty industries. She was also awarded an honor from Essence Magazine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPCkfARH2eE&feature=em-share_video_user During the receiving of this award she delivered another sobering and captivating speech regarding beauty and the role that it has leveraged in her life. Lupita’s self-acceptance journey, though not an easy one, has calibrated her perspective on the ‘far away gatekeepers of beauty’ and their impact on women across the globe.
Reaching the end of what Lupita called the ‘seduction of inadequacy’ should be every woman’s goal. Even more so, we should strive to ensure that our daughters will never have the struggle. At the Essence Award event, Lupita uttered a powerful call to action, ‘Get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty’.