#DTMH – Lupita Responds To Garzia UK After They Cropped Her Hair For Their Cover Photo


Sometimes it seems like you cannot win with media bias and with that you have to wonder what it would be like to be a fly on the wall during the meeting that ultimately leads to the decision to crop a woman’s photo because her hair is a problem.

Last week Solange had to check a publication for removing parts of her hair for the cover of their magazine that she was featured on. She told them in no uncertain terms #DTMH!

This week Lupita had to do the same thing with Grazia UK. This is what Lupita wrote on Facebook in response to the irresponsible editing of the picture:

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.

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. I am disappointed that Grazia UK invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.

Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

First, your hair had to be bone straight to grace the covers of a magazine, now you have to be bald! They will learn one day!


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