‘You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you.’ – Lupita Nyong’o’s speech about beauty

I’ve just come across this video of Lupita Nyong’o. She is accepting her Essence Magazine ‘Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award’.

Am I the only one who can’t believe that people are STILL talking about race and skin colour? I mean, SERIOUSLY, in 2014, are there still people with darker skin being segregated? I thought this topic was done with. Everybody was equal. Obviously not.  In which case, it is absolutely wonderful that Lupita is using her fame and status to spread messages like this.

Lupita’s speech is beautiful. She is so eloquent I could listen to her talk forever. She communicates her point so effortlessly that it is so easy for her target audience to actually LISTEN to what she is saying.

‘You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you.’

 

‘Beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume. It was something that I just had to be.’

 

‘You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion. For yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.’

 

‘I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade in that beauty.’ – Lupita Nyong’o

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About Leyah Shanks

Positive body image activist and advocate for mental health.

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