Named the ugliest woman in the world by some cyber-bully, she decided to take such a hurtful title and turn it into a purpose.
Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:
Lupita Nyong’o put her haters to shame (once again) when she announced that she will be cast in the upcoming Star Wars film. This news is a welcome addition to spectators who were unsure what the mainstream media would do with the woman who is singlehandedly revolutionizing beauty standards in Hollywood.
Ever since co-starring in the highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, critics opined that Lupita would be cast aside as an anomaly; a one-hit wonder who would fade into obscurity after a specious 15-minutes.
But Lupita is back and stronger than ever, landing a coveted role in a blockbuster series.
It begs the question … why were some so willing to downplay Lupita’s career trajectory? Why were some so quick to smear her accomplishments in pessimism?
It’s understandable why some were cautious; Hollywood is notorious for hastily sidestepping women of color. And Lupita was never positioned to become the media darling…
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Every week, I will bring to the couch a delightfully inspirational and kick-ass woman (and the occasional male) from all over the world right here on PL’s couch; which could also mean your couch, or your office chair, whatever works. It’s my, slightly longer, version of Woman Crush Wednesday aka #WCW. This new feature will be titled On The Couch Today, and it will be a sub-menu item, under the menu item The Couch (duh). So you’ll be able to find all of the posts easily over time.
I think this is an exciting new feature, not only because this will feature women that we all likely know, but it could be your mom, or your dad, or your teachers, etc. This can go on forever. And it will as long as you’re right here with me. Show someone you care about, or look up to, a little appreciation by sending me an email with information, perhaps a picture, and I’d love to share it.
This will include the likes of Gloria Steinam, Ashton Kutcher, Oprah, Adele, Pharrell, Beyonce, Michelle Obama, Tupac, Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, P!nk, Brene Brown, John Legend, (your mom’s name here), (my mom’s name here), (YOU), etc, etc, etc!!! My head is going to explode from all of the awesome people who have paved the way before us, during our generations and for our future generations. WOOO! I have my work cut out for me! But I’m SUPER excited about digging into it!
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