Add "children's book author" to Lupita Nyong'o's long list of accomplishments.
The "12 Years A Slave" star took to social media to reveal she has penned a book about a young girl called Sulwe and hopes it will inspire all young people to "walk with joy in their own skin". According toBlack Panther actress said, the tale will spotlight 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", writes Nyong'o.
"Sulwe" will be released in January 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
For Ms. Nyong'o, the decision to touch on these heavy and often hard themes in a children's book was obvious.
Through the years, the Oscar-winning Kenyan-Mexican actress has been very vocal about how she struggled with her own self-image while growing up.
In November a year ago, Lupita hit back at a United Kingdom magazine for allegedly lightening her skin and editing her hairstyle on their cover. When thinking about her own journey into acceptance and self-love, Ms. Nyong'o cited reading with her mother as critical to her development. Lupita recalled feeling "unbeautiful" because she was "teased and taunted" about her "night-shaded skin" as a child.
Like most people, the protagonist in "Sulwe" starts out with a child-like innocence, but eventually becomes wary of other people's opinions and thoughts about her as she grows older. She said she was continuously compared to her fairer-skinned sister.
"I remember a time when I too felt un-beautiful". "And at that time it occurred to me that there was an audience that this was resonating with, but the age group that really needed to hear this wouldn't necessarily hear the speech".