“Black Panther” Star Lupita Nyong’o for Porter Magazine

Posted on August 08, 2018

“Black Panther” actress Lupita Nyong’o for Porter magazine photographed by Mario Sorrenti and styled by Cathy Kasterine.


On her hair: “My hair is something that, historically, has been shunned, I mean, how often do you hear ‘You can’t get a job with hair like that’?” Natural, African, kinky hair – it’s often been painted as uncivilized or wild. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.”

On her heritage: “My whole outlook and sense of self is Kenyan, but my mom made a point of letting me know that I was born someplace else, so I always felt an affinity, a need to get to know that place. I was the only one in my family born there. It was the thing that made me special.”

On being an actress: “At times, I’ve had to remind myself why I love this. It’s not because of the recognition. I love it because I enjoy experiencing the world through other people’s eyes.”


[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti/The Edit Magazine]

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