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Lupita Nyong’o Responds To Talent Agent Who Compared Her To Beyonce

Lupita Nyong’o has a long way since winning her 2014 Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, but the actress still faces haters from all fronts. The actress recently chatted with Vogue Magazine to discuss a Black talent agent who said her dark skin would hold her back from major success. Via Refinery 29:

“I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady,” Nyong’o said in the interview, referring to talent agent Tracy Christian. In a Hollywood Reporter story in March 2014, Christian said, “Would Beyoncé be who she is if she didn’t look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at her image and see themselves in her. In Lupita’s case, I think she has two-and-half, three years. If she can find a franchise — a Star Wars or a Bourne Identity — a big crossover film, or if she’s cast by a significant filmmaker, then she’s golden, she’ll have carved out a unique path for herself.”

Funny enough, she did land Star Wars, but that’s not the point. “She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry,” Nyong’o told Vogue. “I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition. I can’t think like that.”


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