Albus is a beautiful ongoing portrait project between photographer and a South African model named Thando Hopa, a legal prosecutor who is using her visibility to address the negative perceptions surrounding albinism.
LUPITA NYONG’O REJECTING THE SEDUCTION OF INADEQUACY
In this video Lupita Nyong’o responds to a letter from a little girl who because of Lupita, didn’t go on with bleaching her skin. Lupita discusses challenges and personal self imagery issues she has faced & how she too struggled with accepting her beautiful dark skin growing up. Here is her moving and inspirational speech on self imagery and how she overcame it!
“You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you.” - Lupita Nyong’o
It is only befitting to see Alek Wek - another beautiful chocolate sister that is do that (yyaass)…thoughts on Lupita!
Below is Alek Wek on Lupita Nyong’o’s NAACP Image Awards acceptence speech:
“I was amazed and very humbled by Lupita’s words, and I am so proud and happy that her talent was deservedly recognised with her Oscar award.
When I was growing up, my mother taught me and my sisters to celebrate each other - there was no room in our household for negativity. She taught us to embrace each other and this was empowering for us. She also taught us the value of celebrating our differences.
When I first started modeling I realised I was very different from many of my colleagues, but I welcomed the opportunities my career in fashion offered me, and the support from many inspiring individuals in the fashion industry. And because of this I have always strived to use the platform I have in fashion, to champion the ideals of what is beautiful.
For me it always goes back to what my mother taught me and my sisters. That all women are beautiful and we should embrace each other. True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.
Beauty should not be culturally relevant, it should be universal.”
Source: Essence Online
I want to hold your hand and I want to hold your hips down while you’re writhing.
I want to make your eyes light up and I want to make them roll in the back of your head.
I want to be your reason to wake up and your reason to stay in bed.
I want to kiss your wounds and I want you to leave them on my back.
I want to play with your hair while you sleep and I want to feel it between my fingers while you are on top of me.
I want to memorize the repetition of your breathing and I want to memorize the sporadics of your moaning.
I want to see the arch in your grin and I want to feel the arch in your back before you collapse.
I want to go out to dinner with you and I want to go down on you.
I want to to feel you in my heart and I want to feel you inside me.
I want to make you laugh and I want to make you scream.
I want to still be able to taste you in the morning.
I want you in every form.