Lupita Nyong on Beauty

“My mother reminded me often that she thought that I am beautiful. But that was no consolation. She’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I’m beautiful. [..] My mother again would say to me, you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you. [..] Until, finally, I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to BE. And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you.”

[..] “What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion, for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

“I hope that my presence, on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. That. There is no shade in that beauty.”

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