Lupita Nyong’o today addressed the concept of colorism and living with the self awareness and acceptance in a 6-part thread on twitter.
The Award- winning actress for the epic movie, ’12 years a slave’, went on twitter to unveil the motive behind her new children’s book, ‘Sulwe.’
After posting a picture of herself at 5-year old, she tweeted,
“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.”
“As a little girl reading, I had all of these windows into the lives of people who looked nothing like me, and I had the chance to look into their worlds, but I didn’t have any mirrors” she continued.
The twitter thread continues with Lupita acknowledging the importance of ‘windows’ as a tool to develop empathy and an understanding of the wider world, but affirmed that mirrors help us develop our sense of self, and our understanding of our own world.
“They ground us in our body and our experiences’, she finished.