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Lupita Nyong'o

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Lupita Nyong’o have us screaming “Yes Girl!” as she rocks, beads and braids for her Alluremagazine cover.

Inside the publication, Lupita shares how she felt about her hair as a child, revealing that she begged her mother for a relaxer (how many of us can relate to that?), and after she finally agreed, she ended up cutting it all off.  In a moment the Black Panther star calls liberating.  Check it out:

Well, I didn’t love my hair when I was a child. It was lighter than my skin, which made me not love it so much. I was really kind of envious of girls with thicker, longer, more lush hair. In my tween years, I started begging my mother to have my hair relaxed. She wouldn’t allow it, though her hair was relaxed. She felt that that was a decision I could come to when I was maybe 18. Around 13 or 14, I had such a rough time with being teased and feeling really unpretty. My dad intervened and spoke to my mom about my hair, and she finally agreed. She took me to the salon in the middle of the school day, and I got my hair relaxed. I felt so much better because it was easier to tame. All the girls in my class had their hair relaxed. Very few had natural kink, so I felt a lot more acceptable.

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