Fashion Magazine Grazia UK Apologizes to Lupita Nyong'o For Photoshopping Her Hair

On Thursday actress Lupita Nyong’o called out fashion magazine Grazia U.K. for photoshopping her hair, posting side by side pictures of the original photos from the shoot and the eventual cover on Instagram.


“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,” she wrote in the caption. “I am disappointed that @graziauk 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.” You can see in the photos that Nyong’o’s curly pony tail was completely photoshopped off in the cover.

Grazia UK issued a statement to the Fader, writing:

Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o. Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves. But we apologize unreservedly for not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that that we were aware of all alterations that had been made.

While fashion magazine covers are frequently, unsurprisingly, photoshopped, the altering of Nyong’o’s natural hair style here is similar to when Solange Knowles spoke out against how The Evening Standard photoshopped her hair just last month.

Knowles pointed out on her Instagram story that her braids from the covershoot, which had been fashioned in a crown, had been completely photoshopped from the eventual cover. The magazine issued an apology, writing, “The decision to amend the photograph was taken for layout purposes but plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.”

Hopefully Edward Enniful’s new British Vogue, which is shaping up to be a fashion magazine that’s actually committed to diversity on the pages and behind the scenes, can teach these other UK magazines a thing or two.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel


Foxtrot Echo

Pretty shocked when I saw this (if not surprised). I was expecting them to have made her hair look smaller or smoother, but to have completely erased her hair strikes me as so much worse for a reason I’m struggling to put my finger on.

I know this is a hairstyle many women wear and one that Lupita has worn herself in the past, but it feels that they were not just making her conform to a western beauty standard, but that they were imposing on her the way they think black women “should” look.

Is anyone able to articulate this better??