15 октября 2019 в 11:10
lupitanyongo Just days before the 2014 #Oscars, I gave a speech at @Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. For a surreal, nerve-wracking five minutes, I spoke to a room full of Black women about my own struggle to find beauty in my dark skin, my journey to self-love, and how I hoped my presence on screens and in magazines would be a source of validation for young people growing up with similar struggles. This speech struck a chord with many people and went viral on the internet.
In the aftermath of this open-hearted public moment for me, I realized this message needed to be heard by the most vulnerable: our children. This is when the idea of a children's book was born.
Today #Sulwe is officially a reality – it's now on bookstore shelves and in the hands of readers! My dream for this book is that it may plant a seed of self-value in the children that read it, and heal the wounds of the adults that need it. ✨🌟✨🌟#BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre
14 октября 2019 в 13:10
lupitanyongo Notice anything?! 💙✨💙 I drew a lot from my own childhood to write #Sulwe, but thanks to illustrator extraordinaire @VashtiHarrison, Sulwe and I have something else in common too: Nairobi Blue! Vashti chose to put her in a dress color similar to the one I wore to my first #Oscars in 2014. It was a night that dreams are made of, beyond my imagination.
With Sulwe, I wanted to give dark skin permission to exist in the world of dreams and imagination, where possibilities and potential really grow. Vashti's illustrations do just that and I cherish every page of her artwork.
TOMORROW you'll be able to turn the pages, see all of the beautiful details and ride along Sulwe's adventure through the stars.✨ ✨Order at the link in bio✨ #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre
01 октября 2019 в 19:10
lupitanyongo This is 5-year-old me. I reflected on this little girl's feelings and fantasies when I decided to write my children's book, #Sulwe. With this book, I wanted to hold up a mirror for her. Here's why:
As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, chances to look into their worlds, but I didn't have any mirrors. While windows help us develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world. They ground us in our body and our experiences.
#Sulwe holds up a mirror for dark-skinned children especially, to see themselves reflected immediately, and it is a window for all the others to cherish peering into.
Colorism, society's preference for lighter skin, is alive and well. It's not just a prejudice reserved for places with a largely white population. Throughout the world, even in Kenya, even today, there is a popular sentiment that lighter is brighter.
I imagined what it would have been like for this little girl to turn the pages of her picture books and see more dark skin in a beautiful light. This book is my dream come true for kids like her today. #Sulwe arrives October 15. ✨ Link in bio to pre-order.
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