“What is Fundamentally Beautiful, is Compassion”
A compelling message from actress Lupita Nyong’o describing her internalized hatred of her dark skin, Eurocentric standards of beauty, and the redemption she found in “seeing herself” represented through the image and acclaim that came from someone else, who looked like her.
As a person who is Black, Lupita’s message definitely reminds me of how important representation is; of how important it is to be able to witness someone like you who is where you’re trying to go, that is actually swimming against the sea of messages that say you don’t belong there.
For more exploration, check out the short film:
A Girl Like Me
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW