After the Met Gala red carpet has been rolled up for another year and all the social media round ups and ‘X celebrity looks like x inanimate object/pop culture reference’ lists have been written, there’s still time for a discussion on race and society’s standards of beauty.
Oscar winner and world’s loveliest movie star (probably), Lupita Nyong’o, rocked up to the Met Gala with a skyscrape-ing, gravity-defying updo that set tongues wagging. In their post Met Gala write up, little known magazine Vogue compared the critically acclaimed actor to style icon Audrey Hepburn.
Well, Ms Nyong'o was having none of that. Post-Met Gala, she took to her Instagram to remind the world (and Vogue) that white women aren’t the only inspiration for beauty, including Nina Simone and other people of colour in her post.
While some at Vogue couldn’t get past the Hepburn similarities, at least their fashion guru, André Leon Talley, knew what was what when interviewing her on the red carpet. “I would like to say to you that this is very Nina Simone,” he said, name-checking the sultry singer.
Take note world and listen to Lupita, your true fashion icon… beauty comes in all shapes, sizes AND colours.