Racism in Hollywood comes in all shades. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is a major star but back in 2014, one talent agent saw her skin complexion as holding her back.
Talent agent Tracy Christian told the Hollywood Reporter in March 2014, that having dark skin hurt Lupita, unlike say, Beyonce: "Would Beyoncé be who she is if she didn't look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at her image and see themselves in her. In Lupita's case, I think she has two-and-half, three years. If she can find a franchise — a Star Wars or a Bourne Identity — a big crossover film, or if she's cast by a significant filmmaker, then she's golden, she'll have carved out a unique path for herself."
Lupita blasts Christian, who is a black woman, in her Vogue cover story. "I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady," she says, per Refinery29. "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. I can’t think like that."
By being herself, the Kenyan beauty has become a trailblazer in her own right. She remembers a young actress coming up to her and saying, "I’ve never had so many people call me beautiful until you showed up. I get called to auditions I never would have been called to before. And I know it’s because you exist.”
We're glad she exists, too.
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