Lupita Nyong’o is this week’s cover story for The Hollywood Reporter, where the Black Panther actress opens up about her insecurities, and why she spoke up about her encounter with Harvey Weinstein.
Lupita shared with THR her journey of sharing her story about the embattled movie producer in that Oct. 19th opinion piece in The New York Times.
“I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion,” she says. “That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.” Over several days, she wrote and wrote, alone with her computer, then showed what she had crafted to her mother. “I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about,” she continues. “She was really moved and very supportive.”
Lupita, who is a highly sought after actress, has appeared on four Vogue covers, was the first black woman to land a deal with Lancome, starred in Miu Miu’s 2014 campaign, and was the face of Tiffany & Co. fall campaign, also shared with THR that, deep down, “There is a part of me that will always feel unattractive.”
But, “That’s OK,” she says, with a sly smile, “because it will keep me grounded. I don’t need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw. I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities.”
Lupita also has a children’s book coming out next year that deals with the prejudice against dark skin titled Sulwe.
“Sulwe is a young Kenyan girl who, though her name means star [in Luo], her skin is the color of midnight,” Lupita shared. “And she’s uncomfortable because she’s the darkest in her family and goes about trying to change that, then she has this adventure that leads her to accept herself.” The book came out of a 2013 speech Nyong’o gave “about my journey to accepting myself and seeing beauty in my complexion.”
Don’t forget to catch Lupita in Black Panther when it hits theaters Feb. 16th