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Here's The Problem With Calling Lupita Nyong'o 'The New Face Of Beauty'

04/01/2015 02:43 pm ET | Updated Jun 01, 2015

Lupita Nyong'o graces the cover of the May issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, and it's a welcome sight indeed. The cover represents a stunning image of a black woman that should be seen regularly on newsstands. The Oscar-winning actress acknowledges that she's in a "unique position;" people the world over connect with her due to a "limited representation" of minorities. But here's the thing: Labeling Nyong'o as the "new face of beauty" is a harsh reminder that the fashion industry encourages a standard of beauty where black women such as Nyong'o are considered "exotic," or worse, simply ignored. The reality is that Nyong'o is beautiful even if she wasn't an ambassador for Lancôme or a red carpet darling. Black will always be beautiful.

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