Lupita Nyong'o Writes Children's Book On What It Means To Be Beautiful

Illustration by Nathi Ngubane

Illustration by Nathi Ngubane

Academy Award-winning actress and star of the highly anticipated Black Panther movie, Lupita Nyong'o is set to publish her debut children's book "Sulwe" with Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers out January 2019.

Photo Actress Lupita Nyong'o at the National Board of Review awards gala in NY, on January 9.

"Sulwe", which means a star in Luo, is a story of a 5-year-old girl who is growing up in Kenya. But with help from her mother and a special journey in the night sky, she sees that her skin is lovely just as it is.

Nyong'o took to Instagram to talk up the project, writing, "I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children's book!". The actress has now chose to write a book inspired by her struggles.

We're sure Sulwe will be just as heartwarming as the speeches Lupita Nyong'o has given in the past where she's encouraged others to learn to love themselves inside and out. "This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin", she added.

In a 2014 speech, Nyong'o addressed her insecurities about her darker skin complexion and delivered a memorable speech about the importance of representation in Hollywood and beyond. Her own issues with her complexion began as she realized people describe her lighter-skinned sister as "pretty and brown". "It made me feel unbeautiful, unaccepted, and impacted my confidence". "I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin, and my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter skinned".

"I put on the TV and only saw pale skin", she said.

She spoke about how her mother's support on her journey to self-acceptance.

Lupita Nyong'o has always been an absolute beauty icon in our eyes, but her latest move is making us look up to her even more than we already did.

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