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Grazia Apologizes for Retouching Lupita Nyong’o’s Hair

Editors at British publication Grazia have apologized to Lupita Nyong’o after the actress called out the magazine for editing her natural hair.

Academy Award-winner Lupita took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the image they used on the weekly magazine’s latest cover, posting both the original photo, with her hair in a ponytail, alongside the retouched version, which appears as though she rocks a short crop.

She wrote how “disappointed” she was that Grazia smoothed her locks out to “fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like”, adding that had she been consulted she would have dismissed the idea as it would not have accurately reflected her Kenyan heritage.

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The magazine itself has since released a statement addressing Lupita’s tweet and apologized for the finished front page.

Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apologizes unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o,” it reads.

Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves.

“But we apologize unreservedly for not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alterations that had been made.”

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