I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children's book! It's called "Sulwe"! Sulwe is a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty. She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning. This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin. Coming January 2019!!
19 January 2018
Lupita shines light on dark skin beauty in new book
Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has announced she is writing a children’s book and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Lupita is expanding her creative skills with a book titled "Sulwe" which means star in Lupita’s native language, Luo. The book aims to address the misinterpretation of beauty which favours lighter skin. The “Black Panther” actress has openly spoken about struggles she’s faced because of her complexion, saying she felt "un-beautiful".
In a touching speech in 2014, she said, "I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin and my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin. I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first."
She added that each morning she "experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as the day before." Sulwe is inspired by her own experiences growing up. The book is about a five-year-old dark skinned girl, Sulwe, who goes on a starry-eyed adventure and "awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty," Lupita revealed on her Instagram.
“She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning. This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin,” Lupita said.
According to the New York Times the book will be published by Simon & Schuster Books. The picture book is aimed at readers between the ages of 5 and 7, which are precarious years. It is said that Lupita hopes her book will make all children rethink "what it means to be beautiful."
The book is expected to be released in January 2019.