Lupita N’yongo Teased and Taunted For Dark Complexion
Lupita Voices Difficulties in Youth Because of Her Dark Skin
Lupita N’yongo voices sentiments and experiences that many dark skinned women and girls share. We are saddened by her story, but certainly not surprised.
“I got teased and taunted about my skin,” N’yongo began, on stage in a ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before.”
You can read more here. Lupita’s story highlights what many darkskinned women voice and attempts are made to silence them. Hopefully, these words coming from a much admired public figure may cause those who hold such disdain for dark skin to re-examine their beliefs.