You Can’t Eat Beauty

Lupita Nyong'o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Black Women #BringBackOurGirls

These are the fantastic words of wisdom given to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o by her mother when Lupita was a young girl, struggling with her self-esteem in a world in which beauty is often defined in the media by the color of one’s skin. Just a couple of things to note, in case you aren’t sure of what is being referred to in her speech:

  • When the young girl in the opening letter refers to Whitenicious cream, she is referring to a skin lightening cream used to lighten the tone of one’s skin.

  • Near the end of her speech, when Lupita refers to Patsey, she is referring to the Oscar winning role she played in the movie 12 Years a Slave.

Written in an easy conversational style, this beautiful 200 page book, filled with beautiful imagery, is designed to inspire and engage the young reader. Educational and empowering, JBYG teaches girls how to recognize and handle the influences that can affect their self-perceptions so that they ultimately learn to look within themselves to find their strength and beauty.