All Lupita does is win! We all watched her joyfully win an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, and shed some tears as she delivered the moving Essence ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ Acceptance Speech on defeating her self hate for her dark skin. Now, on Sesame Street she comes back better then ever.
Shaping a dominant narrative about inclusive beauty is not an easy task. The messenger has to be authentic and yet well known enough to really have an impact. Advertisers have tried to tie their products with this narrative, some with varying scales of success…and we have written on it before, see Dove. As a new champion for inclusive perceptions of beauty, Lupita Nyong’o does what few have done well – cross the generational line and begin to teach our children that “Skin comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors.” Well as a mother of two young children – I salute and thank you Sesame Street and Lupita for showing them what true beauty is. Grab a kid and enjoy the video below….