"LupitaIdolizing someone is not the same as valuing or understanding them. I appreciate your candor in sharing how you feel about Lupita’s looks, but I can’t pretend not to find a description like “a natural Alek Wek-esque beauty” or “painting in a museum” disturbing. I don’t get the sense that we observe Jennifer Lawrence like she’s a painting. When fashion editors write about Cate Blanchett, they don’t describe the looks of other Australian women in order to describe her. So, what’s different? I’d argue that Hollywood — which is really just America with better makeup — doesn’t have a vocabulary for discussing black beauty in a way that doesn’t obsess over the exotic, the Other, the fucking sexy. No one says this on record, of course. But I can’t help but feel like Hollywood is just dying to say that Lupita’s beauty is as dark as “the Dark Continent.”"
— Saeed Jones, We Can’t Eat Lupita Nyong’o’s Black Beauty—Try As We Might (via sparkamovement)
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