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Let’s Talk About It: Was Lupita Nyong’o’s Skin Lightened for her Vanity Fair Feature


When I originally saw this gorgeous pic of Lupita Nyong’o I gushed over her beauty. I was blinded by her radiant smile, but there was something else to be noticed in this picture.  Lupita’s skin appears lighter.


Lupita Nyong'o for Vanity Fair Magazine February 2014



Vanity Fair has been accused of lightening Lupita deep brown skin. This has angered her fans and created a fire storm on social media.


Lupita-Nyong'o-for- Dazed-Confused- Magazine-Feb- 2014-3


When you compare Lupita’s Dazed & Confused magazine cover to this feature in Vanity Fair you can understand their anger.



I attribute Lupita’s lighter skin tone to bright lights. She’s posing in front of a white background, surrounded by white balloons, and she’s wearing a white fringe dress. I think this may be a case of bright lights.

Are you buying it? Sweeties Lupita’s beautiful brown skin was lightened for her Vanity Fair feature?


Image Source: Miguel Reveriego for Vanity Fair/ Sharif Hamza for Dazed &Confused

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(3) Comments

  1. Patience says:

    It’s the lighting coupled with the reflection of the white balloons and all.

  2. Jessica Clemons says:

    It’s definitely the studio lighting.

  3. Veleria says:

    yes something happen to her skin tone. You do not go that light brown look at both covers. You can see the a very Big Different!!!

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