So, clearly, like a lot of people I know I’m on the Lupita Nyong’o craze. I think she’s gorgeous, and eloquent, and i like having a figure in international media who is from the same ‘planet’ as me. Naturally, the internet and social media are exploding with all these discussions on what the recognition of the fact that she is beautiful means.
I woke up today and read a buzzfeed discussion piece on Lupita’s beauty and race, which is of course a part of the discussion. What did not sit well with me, was the thrust of the discussion. They were talking to whether the Lupita craze translates to her desirability. I dont think they realised who the desirability discussion was pointed at, but the long and short of what they were saying, was whether the craze surrounding her translates to her desirability to white men.
There is something fundamentally wrong with this. The point of Lupita’s beauty or desirability is not to have white people validate it. That’s missed the point by miles. Black women are beautiful if they are, because they are. If they are desirable, they are and it’s not because white people say so. What matters more to me is to have the notion that brighter or lighter is better fixed, especially among black people.