Grazia magazine apologizes for editing Lupita Nyong'o’s photo

Lupita Nyong'o
  • The Vietnamese photographer who airbrushed Nyongo’s image has expressed his deepest regrets
  • Grazia apologized to Lupita but said they did not alter the photo itself

The New York based photographer who airbrushed Lupita Nyongo’s hair when she graced Grazia magazine has candidly apologized to Lupita saying that the altering of the photo was out of his own ignorance and sensitivity.

 “Though it was not my intention to hurt anyone, I can see now that altering the image of her hair was an unbelievably damaging and hurtful act. As an immigrant myself, it is my duty to be an advocate for the representation of diversity of beauty in this industry. I will demonstrate this in my work even more going forward.” He said.

 Grazia magazine also apologized to Lupita saying that alteration is ‘omission of native heritage’ but went ahead and said that they did not alter the photos itself.

In a statement, they said that they are committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o.

The Oscar-winning actress had accused Grazia magazine of editing her hair on the cover of its latest edition to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”

She took her grievances to twitter and Instagram where she made it clear that her images were altered by the British based magazine and she was not happy.

She went ahead and said that she was proud of her natural hair and her African roots and the Vietnamese photographer had no right to alter her images.

Nyong’o posted an image of the Grazia cover on social media alongside what appears to be the original image. While the magazine shows Nyong’o with short and smooth hair, the original image shows that some of her hair has been removed.

In a post on Instagram, Nyong’o explained her disappointment with the changes. “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 said.