Lupita Nyong' o Writes Her First Children's Book.

by Vera • 29 Jul 2019

Lupita Nyong' o, the Academy Award-winning actress and voice of Maz Kanata in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," follows Eva Chen's footsteps and will write her debut children's book "Sulwe" for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers next January with the illustrator to be announced.

"I wrote #Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within," Nyong' o said in her post caption.
"European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world—the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love," the Kenyan actress told Glamour in December 2014. "Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, 'Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?' I was mortified."

She hopes her book will help children learn to appreciate their skin.
According to her Instagram page, the book is focused on helping children love the skin they're in. To add to the Black Girl Magic, "Sulwe," which means Star, comes to life through images illustrated by New York Times best-seller Vashti Harrison.






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