In Her Debut Book, Lupita Nyong’o Encourages Children to Love the Skin They’re In


April 1, 2019

Lupita Nyong’o just announced her first book, “Sulwe,” and we couldn’t be more excited. According to her Instagram page, the book is focused on helping children love the skin they’re in.

As someone who once struggled to accept and appreciate her dark skin, it is an important message that Nyong’o can share from firsthand experience.


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I wrote a book! It’s called #Sulwe! This is the cover! I’m thrilled to share it with you. Sulwe is out October 1 and is available for pre-order today at the link in bio! The extraordinary @VashtiHarrison illustrated the story. I wrote #Sulwe to encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within. #Bookstagram #ChildrensBooks : @nickbarose

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In 2014, during her acceptance speech for best breakout performance at Essence magazine’s seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Nyong’o talked about how she used to pray to God to “wake up lighter skinned.” In fact it wasn’t until she saw supermodel, Alek Wek, and the admiration people had for her in mainstream media that she began to embrace her beauty (hashtag representation matters).

With her debut book, she’ll encourage other kids (and adults) to do the same.



To add to the Black Girl Magic, “Sulwe,” which means Star, comes to life through images illustrated by New York Times best-seller Vashti Harrison.

“Sulwe” releases October 1st and is available for pre-order here.

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