- Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong'o, has shared a childhood photo of herself to reflect on her childhood fantasies which inspired her first book, Sulwe
- Lupita Nyong'o addressed the issue of colourism experienced by people with darker skin tones
- The Oscar-winning actor spoke in an interview with BBC Newsnight
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Black Panther star, Lupita Nyong’o, has disclosed she was a ''victim of colourism'' while growing up and ''wished to have a skin that was different''.
Lupita Nyong’o told BBC Newsnight that colourism is the ''daughter of racism'' in a ''world that rewards lighter skin over darker skin''.
The Oscar-winning actor was born and raised in Kenya before moving to the United States.
Lupita Nyong'o was speaking ahead of the release of her children’s book, Sulwe, which amplifies a girl with darker skin than her family.
The book addresses colourism, the discrimination against people who have a darker skin tone or the preferential treatment of those who are of the same race but lighter-skinned.
Revealing the inspiration behind the book, she disclosed she grew up feeling uncomfortable with her skin colour.
''I felt like the world around me awarded lighter skin,’ Nyong’o told the BBC Newsnight while noting that her younger sister whose skin was lighter,'' was called ‘beautiful’ and ‘pretty’.
"Self-consciously that translates into: 'I'm not worthy'."
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In a related story, while many people with darker skin tones tend to be victims of colourism, social media users are gushing over the beautiful dark skin tone of a toddler whose photos were shared online.
The little girl, whose identity was not disclosed along with the photos has earned a special place in the hearts of many for her stunning complexion.
More importantly, her photos have stirred conversations around colourism and bleaching.
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