Lupita Nyong’o: The new ‘it’ girl for dark-skinned women?

Took the words right out of my mouth.

Tiffany Afia

I remember the first time I saw Lupita Nyong’o.

It was on my laptop screen, watching ‘MTV Shuga’ (Season 1), an African drama about young people, HIV, sex and friendship. Set in Kenya, Lupita’s home country, I thought it was so different from the over dramatised Nollywood dramas I’m so used to seeing when a friend or relative suggests to watch an African program.

I was pleasantly surprised by her amazing acting skills (and yes, I didn’t have any high hopes. Clearly the East Africans do it better :D) and there was so much talent which was oozing out of her acting. ’12 Years a Slave’ was also an amazing performance (the Patsy and the soap scene had me in tears!). She’s just brilliant isn’t she?

What also caught my eye was her skin colour. From Instagram to fashion websites and blogs, everyone has been raving about it. A…

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