”There is no shame in black beauty!” Lupita remains the global icon for black women and  she is not holding back at inspiring every young black woman to be dark and proud. She was honoured with the Best Breakthrough Performance award at Essence’s  7th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon held at Beverly Hills on the 27th February.


Lupita Nyong’o

Co-actress, Alfre Woodard presented her with the award and she said, “I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you” and she read further, ‘I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.’ My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me…”

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