Lupita Nyong’ois covers the October issue of Vogue mgazine where she talked about the painful criticisms she’s received since her starring role in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave made her a household name.
She talked about how one talent agent told her that her career in Hollywood would last only “two-and-half, three years,” because as the agent put it, “Would Beyoncé be who she is if she didn’t look like she does?
Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at [Beyoncé’s] image and see themselves in her,” but Lupita said she didnt let the racist criticism deter her from achieving her goal.
She told Vogue magazine:
“I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady,” the 33-year-old told the mag. “She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry. I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition.”
Lupita continued, “I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that.”
“There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on,” Lupita explained. “I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why (my characters in) Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”
“Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice, I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”