It’s not exactly revolutionary to make note of Lupita looking luminous, but: Lupita looks luminous. Her eyes capture you instantly. I love that she comes right at this cover and that Allure didn’t muck it up with a bunch of unnecessary text. I would pick this up with just what’s here, and if we’re heading for a trend of minimalism — to combat the crowded nonsense Glamour and Cosmo are doing on their covers — then I am here for it.
Also, she looks fantastic in this Louis Vuitton, which we also saw on Millie Bobbie Brown. Lupita can totally pull off this kind of youthfully funky stuff, and I wish she would more often.
And good for Allure for trying to put these discussions front and center, from a representation standpoint but also even an informational one. Some people probably haven’t ever thought about it, and others may be relieved and delighted to recognize something of themselves in the pages of a major glossy — which doesn’t happen often enough, still.
She looks absolutely glorious, and while the story is not enormously long, it’s interesting and honest:
I had my hair relaxed for most of my teenage years, and that was a whole other world. The upkeep of relaxed hair is a commitment. It took styling it once a week and then having it retouched once a month. I remember doing crazy things, like sleeping with my head above the headboard so that my curls wouldn’t get messed up for the next day. I’d have these terrible neck aches because I was determined to keep my hair as pristine as possible.
ALLURE: We’ve had a lot of conversations here about language, for example people using the terms “kinky,” “curly,” “natural,” “black hair,” and “African-American hair.”
LN: Well, I’m not an authority on this. But the term “African-American hair” is inaccurate because I’m not African-American. And I think the term “African-American” is often used as a racial term when it’s a cultural group that does not encompass every single person of African descent. So there’s that. So when you say “African-American,” you’re not actually addressing what you think you’re addressing. That’s a national identification, and it cannot be about the hair.