Lupita with Oprah Winfrey

‘My one prayer was to become light-skinned’ Lupita tells Oprah

Lupita Nyong’o is living the life many would envy. From becoming an unlikely Oscar winner to a Hollywood star, a children’s writer and a fashion icon all at the same time!

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She recently added to her accolades when she was a guest at Oprah Winfrey’s home on Friday, October 25. Taking to Twitter, the talk show host revealed that they sat down to talk about her new book Sulwe and her Oscar Award.

The cover of Lupita's book
The cover of Lupita’s book

Lupita Nyongo is black girl magic personified and now she’s spreading that magic to kids everywhere with her new book Sulwe. She came to my house to talk about this love letter to herself and her fateful Oscars night. Our conversation airs this Sat 10/26 at 8 pm on Own TV,” Oprah wrote.

Lupita with Oprah Winfrey
Lupita with Oprah Winfrey

In the video, Oprah was seen holding up the book that portrays a powerful, moving picture about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

In the book, Lupita writes about the challenges that the dark-skinned girl encounters and the lessons that children learn and then spends the rest of her life unlearning.

Lupita with Oprah Winfrey
Lupita with Oprah Winfrey

The actress explained that the inspiration for the book was drawn from not feeling beautiful.

‘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. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. 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,’ she related.

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