Lupita Nyong’o on Skin: “It Comes In Lots of Beautiful Shades and Colors”

lupita-skin-sesame-street-hypehairWho better to teach you life’s lesson about loving yourself than Lupita Nyong’o and Elmo?

The Oscar-winning actress headed to “Sesame Street” to explain to young viewers why having skin is so important. Outside of its bodily functions like helping you “touch and feel things,” the underlying message is to love the skin you’re in. “Elmo sees that Miss Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color,” says Elmo. “Skin comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors,” she responds to her furry friend, a topic she touched earlier this year.

At Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, the spokeswoman for Lancome gave a soul-stirring speech to a packed room  about her battle with accepting her dark complexion as a child.


“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin,” she said. “And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned.”

Nowadays, the charming dark-skinned actress is celebrated not only for her talents beyond chatting with Elmo but also for her breathtaking beauty. Watch the clip of Lupita Nyong’o and Elmo on the next page.

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