Why I think Lupita rocks

450px Lupita Nyong%27o%2C by Gordon Correll Why I think Lupita rocks

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I’m not a big fashion follower, nor do I keep tabs on the awards shows. But I do like to watch the Oscar red carpet if I happen upon it, and this year I did. Like everyone, I found actress Lupita Nyong’O to be pretty much flawless. Yes, I loved her gorgeous dress, but I think Lupita stands out for other reasons, too.

First, did you notice what she is lacking? Fake boobs. What a breath of fresh air that is. I didn’t think anyone in Hollywood did that anymore.

Second, she had a fit but not an emaciated body. I’m sorry but some of the stars clearly lead some pretty unhealthy “fitness/diet” routines these days. Far too many women walking that red carpet truly do need to eat a cheeseburger, to borrow the overused phrase. They do not represent a body type I would ever want my daughter to aspire to have. Lupita, on the other hand, looked fit, healthy and radiant.

Third, she rocks the very short hair. It’s great to see a star brave enough to go against the long-haired stereotypical hallmark of beauty.

And then there’s this. This fantastic speech. I think I have a girl crush.

I come at all of this from the perspective of a mom raising a daughter, a daughter who I very much want to strive for health and achievement over Barbie doll good looks. The time and place where I grew up idolized girls who were pretty but never encouraged achievement. It never really sat well with me–I knew I wanted more. It wasn’t until adulthood that I truly found ways to dig in and achieve both athletically and in my career.

I want a different world for my daughter. Rarely would I hold up a Hollywood star as an example to her, but in the case of Lupita, I think that she represents a healthy, intelligent and noteworthy exception to a standard. She goes against the grain and any woman who can accomplish that is worthy of our admiration.

What do you think of Lupita? How about the general Hollywood standard of beauty?

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  1. I fully agree! When I saw her on stage, other than the fact that she is absolutely stunning, her presence was undeniable great. She was poised, spoke well and just seems like a lovely, genuine person. That is what a Hollywood “idol” should be!
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  2. I totally agree with you! I didn’t get a chance to see it and now I’m disappointed. I don’t have daughters but that same thing goes for boys too. Hollywood is so fake in that regard yet all of the young people, boys and girls, think that it’s the way everyone should look. Good for her!
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  3. I couldn’t agree more! She is stunningly herself and it shines though in every way. Now I just have to see the movie.
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  4. I agree she does seem like a class act. I don’t watch award shows though, I get tired of them all patting each other on the back and acting like we should worship them. I prefer to find my heroes in everyday life.
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  5. Definitely with you! I thought the same thing about her hair as well, that she looked great doing a look that is more natural. I’m tired of the fake boob thing too, I don’t have “much” myself, and I tell my daughter all the time that I’m actually ok with that. It lets me run easier and is much more comfortable! :)
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  6. You are so right! She is a wonderful role model, and I think we need more of those in our world. That is actually what I wrote about in my post today. I think you will enjoy reading it. You are another role model who I am sure your kids look up to, and I look to you for a lot of advice too :) So thank YOU for being an inspiration! :)
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  7. Absolutely! I love discovering these strong models of what a woman can and should be, and much more so with a 4 year old daughter watching my every move.
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  8. I’m so glad she won–a fresh face and a great role model at that! As a pediatric nurse practitioner, I see so many girls who think that skinny is where it’s at. I wonder if we will ever be able to change that perception.
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  9. couldn’t agree more – lupita rocks!
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  10. I totally agree. She is beautiful inside and out. Simply flawless.

  11. I didn’t watch the awards and haven’t yet listened to her speech; I’ll have to do that after I write this!
    But, I did see some photos of women on the red carpet and thought to myself more than once about the standard they set for girls and women of all ages with their bones clearly showing.
    (Have you read Portia de Rossi’s book, Unbearable Lightness?)
    I can’t imagine being a mom to girls nowadays.
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  12. Yes, yes, yes. All of the things you said, plus she is an INCREDIBLE role model for my African American daughters. :)
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  13. Susan SRMS says:

    Check out this Glamour article: Lupita looks identical to model Alek Wek.

    Supermodel Alek Wek Is Lupita Nyong’o’s Inspiration—Now Hear What She Has to Say:


  14. SHE ROCKS! She is a natural beauty that is a role model for girls more than other ‘seasoned’ hollywood stars1
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  15. Couldn’t agree with you more! Also throw in the fact that she’s well-educated and speaks a couple of languages – yes truly a role model on many levels!
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  16. We have a great local group, Helping Girls Navigate Adolescence, that is a great resource in reinforcing what we try to teach our daughter.
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  17. Quite frankly I can’t stand the Hollywood standard of beauty. What my body can do and the way I feel have always been way more important to me than looks. That’s the message I’m trying hard to teach my girls. Lupita clearly rocks!
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  18. Yes, to everything you mentioned. I was quite blown away by her.

  19. I’ve recently become obsessed with Lupita. She seems so genuine and in it for the art, not the fame or the magazine covers or any of that noise. I absolutely love movies (and live in LA) and I really appreciate the actors who understand that what they are doing is a job and take the time to accept the responsibility of searching for meaningful characters and projects.
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  20. I missed the show but I do think she is gorgeous and she seems very natural which I think adds to her beauty!!
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  21. I agree with you! I am not a movie person and had no idea who she was before the show. As soon as I saw Lupita I was struck by her beauty!
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  22. Totally agree! She was radiant from the inside out!

  23. that speech.. unreal. I was so moved. What a refreshing woman she is!
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  24. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO agree!!! She is so sweet too – saw her on Ellen. I also loved Jared’s speech for equality for all. :)
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  25. I thought she was radiant. And that’s a quality that doesn’t just come from the clever application of cosmetics. It comes from deep inside. She’s a great role model for young girls.
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  26. She’s definitely not the definition of “holiday beauty” but yet she outshines most of them. I thought she was just stunningly gorgeous and poised! Loved her!
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  27. I love this woman. I haven’t seen her movie yet, but I saw her on one of the late night shows and thought she was utterly charming and gorgeous. I love her smile. She made the funniest joke about her dad not knowing who Brad Pitt was too. Definitely a girl crush.
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  29. Absolutely agree. I totally have a girl crush – at first because of her impeccable style but just watching her and her grace and especially her speech – amazing. I haven’t even seen the movie!
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  30. I totally agree. I cringe at many of the too skinny bodies I see on the red carpet. Very sad and unhealthy. Lupita is beautiful and healthy and smart! That’s what I want my boys to look for in their future girlfriends/wives:)
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