03/07/2014 05:37 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2014

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie On Lupita Nyongo's Beauty: I'm So Grateful She Exists

During a recent segment of HuffPost Live, critically acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discussed Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o and her influence on beauty for black women.

"I think her existence is very important" Adichie said, while expressing her personal adoration for the actress.

Adichie goes on to talk about Nyong'o's mainstream presence, pressing the notion that the Kenyan actress' looks challenge a typical Hollywood aesthetic. "Looking the way she looks, she's very dark-skinned, she has natural hair -- this is spectacular," Adichie added.

And speaking of spectacular, last week Nyong'o gave a powerful speech at Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, telling her story about accepting her beauty as it is, not as it should be.

Watch the HuffPost Live clip above and see the rest of Adichie's segment here.


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