There are many things quite beautiful about Lupita Nyong’o: her humility, her talent, her fashion sense, her figure, her skin, her face–and her hair. It’s short, it’s funky, and it’s one of the things about Nyong’o that makes her stand out (in a good way) in an industry where one type of look is wanted, which causes many stars with gorgeous natural hair to hide it under wigs and extensions (and then show it off every once in a while on Instagram).
In an interview with Britain’s Pride magazine, the Kenyan beauty was asked what she thought about already becoming something of a natural hair icon. Here’s what she had to say in response:
“I wasn’t really aware of being a natural hair icon. I don’t really read the news, so this is the first time I’m hearing that. I’m not surprised though; there is something about hair that has always been political.
“Someone has long hair and they cut it, it’s political, when someone grows their hair, it’s political. So I don’t know how to answer that. I guess I’m just taking it in my stride.”
She also explained why she decided to appreciate her hair the way it is:
“When I was in my teens, I dyed my hair all sorts of colors; blue and maroon. And then I realized that I was probably going to end up bald by the time I was 40. So I stopped doing all those things and finally decided to love it the way it is.”
This isn’t the first time Nyong’o has spoken about her hair and her look in general. She has caught the eye of many in fashion, telling Kevin Frazier of OMG! Insider late last year:
“It’s so flattering. I know I’m representing an underrepresented group of women. And being dark-skinned and having short, natural hair, I’m happy to be that for them.”
Chimamanda will be proud of this one, I tell you. 🙂