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Lupita Nyong’o Writes Book “Sulwe”

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Apr. 1 2019, Updated 11:19 p.m. ET

When Lupita Nyong’o hit the big screens she was was immediately heralded as an icon for diversity so it’s not surprise that Sulwe is regarded the same way.

The more society presented her to the world, the more she spoke out, and used her platform as a means for representation.

Her new book, Sulwe, is about loving oneself through issues of colorism, and self-esteem. The synopsis reads:

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Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.”

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Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.”

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In an interview with Allure last year she explained how the idea for the book was inspired by a speech she gave during the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards back in 2014:

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“It was about having dark skin in a world that favors traditional Western standards of beauty — light complexions and silky hair — and my own journey from insecurity to a place of self-acceptance. I was touched by how it had resonated with so many people of color, and not just black Africans. I started to realize that there was a demographic that really needed to hear this message but wouldn’t hear my speech. I wanted to get to kids before they reach an age where the world is telling them they are not as valuable.”

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“It was about having dark skin in a world that favors traditional Western standards of beauty — light complexions and silky hair — and my own journey from insecurity to a place of self-acceptance. I was touched by how it had resonated with so many people of color, and not just black Africans. I started to realize that there was a demographic that really needed to hear this message but wouldn’t hear my speech. I wanted to get to kids before they reach an age where the world is telling them they are not as valuable.”

The hardcover for Sulwe is available for pre-order for $17.99 through Simon & Schuster, and at select retailers. It will be out on October 1st.

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