Lupita Nyong'o is adding author to her resume by writing her own children's book.
"Sulwe" means "star" in Nyongos native language, Luo and the book follows the story of the five-year-old girl growing up in Kenya.
"It's called Sulwe! Sulwe is a dark-skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty".
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For Ms. Nyong'o, the decision to touch on these heavy and often hard themes in a children's book was obvious. When thinking about her own journey into acceptance and self-love, Ms. Nyong'o cited reading with her mother as critical to her development.
"The thing about having your image projected on many screens all over the world is that your image becomes something bigger than you", she said in a BET interview. Her appearance gets her down and she wants to find a way to lighten her skin, but that changes when she embarks on "a whimsical adventure in the night sky". It is painful to see that the preference for light skin prevails.
Nyong'o said in a statement that the book would draw on her own experiences of being "taunted" about her skin.
Kim wrote on her website, "Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong". This is mainly brought on by the fact that the protagonist has a lighter-skinned sister, and is more often complimented on her lighter complexion.
"I felt really grateful that it had this impact", Nyong'o told the Times. "It made me feel unbeautiful, unaccepted, and impacted my confidence".