Footage of Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o speaking at an Essence magazine's Black Women In Hollywood luncheon surfaces and it's a tear-jerker.

Lupita reads a personal essay on how she used to pray for lighter skin to God as a little girl. Thankfully, women like Alex Wek hit the news and this boosted Lupita self-image because they are close in complexion.

I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin… And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t.

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