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Friday, March 7, 2014

Lupita's emotional beauty speech goes viral

Lupita Nyong'o's moving speech about her past disappointment in being dark skinned has become an online hit.The Oscar winning actress delivered a heartfelt speech about her struggles with low self-esteem when she accepted the award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on the weekend.The 12 Years A Slave star started her acceptance speech by recounting a letter from a young girl who had wanted to buy skin-whitening creams until she saw her success on the world stage."I
could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself," she said."I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin."She says she prayed for lighter skin, and "every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before".She says when model Alek Wek came on the international scene she began to realise her own beauty and says she hopes she can now do the same for young girls.The video has received nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

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