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?