Lupita Nyong’o bares her soul to THR: ‘Part of me will always feel unattractive’

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Lupita Nyong’o took part in a stunning shoot for THR (Miller Mobley)

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has continued to mesmerise audiences over the past few years with her beautifully rich skin and sweet facial features. But even the Hollywood darling battles insecurities, admitting that a part of her will “always feel unattractive”.

Nyong’o, 34, graces the latest cover of The Hollywood Reporter as promo for Marvel’s anticipated Black Panther. The shoot is simply stunning with Nyong’o oozing elegance in delicate pastel outfits while maintaining her identity rocking tight cornrows and braids.

Despite being an ambassador for cosmetics brand Lancome, Nyong’o tells the magazine: “There is a part of me that will always feel unattractive.”

With a sly smile, the Kenyan-Mexican star explains: “That’s OK, because it will keep me grounded. I don’t need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw. I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities.”

Rather admirably, Nyong’o is channelling these insecurities about her appearance into a children’s book, Sulwe, which is set to be published in 2019.

Nyong’o revealed: “Sulwe is a young Kenyan girl who, though her name means star [in Luo], her skin is the colour of midnight. And she’s uncomfortable because she’s the darkest in her family and goes about trying to change that, then she has this adventure that leads her to accept herself.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, the 12 Years A Slave actress also openly speaks about the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal and the public letter she wrote in the New York Times detailing how the disgraced movie mogul propositioned her.

Reflecting on the letter, Nyong’o says: “I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion. That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.

“I had to talk to her [her mother] about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about. She was really moved and very supportive.”

#BlackPower + #TimesUp + #WomensMarch = 2018

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