The cover shot showed the 34-year old Oscar winning actress' hair smoothened all the way down on her head like a buzz cut, her skin tone was also smoothened.
Award winning actress blasts Grazia Magazine
#dtmh! Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o calls out Grazia Magazine for airbrushing her hair!
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The original image she shared via her Instagram shows her natural hair tied back in a slight pouf showing it was extremely retouched.
The actress took to Instagram to school Grazia, telling them "dtmh" (meaning "don't touch my hair") accusing the magazine of trying to make her "fit a more Eurocentric notion" of beauty.
"As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.
Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful looks like.
Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh".
Update:Grazia Magazine has since apologized to Lupita Nyong'o, stating the publication is "committed to representing diversity".
See the release via Grazia Magazine's Instagram profile below.
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