Appreciating Black Beauty: Lupita Nyong'o & More

"The blacker the berry the sweeter the juice." This statement could not be any more true, especially with the recent announcement of the ever-so lovely Lupita Nyong'o as the new face for Lancôme Paris. Hollywood's newest it-girl and the reigning queen of fashion is giving a refreshing look at what is seen as universal beauty. 

As a brown-skin girl myself, I've felt there has always been a disconnect with what mainstream beauty is when it comes to Black beauty, but just as Nyong'o has effortlessly made her way into the Hollywood scene with her powerful performance, she has gracefully made her mark as a muse. Gracing the covers of Vanity Fair, Marie Claire and New York Magazine to name a few, her beauty and statuesque presence is not just seen as  skin deep but an internal confidence within her soul, putting her international presence and mass appeal in the world of film and fashion on par with power influencers like President Obama.

Nyong'o isn't the first woman of color to alter the idea of beauty, but I enjoy her strength and poise as a diamond in the rough. The new it-girl is a definite role model, showing how hard work, determination, education and self-worth can take you farther than you may have ever imagined.

When I see Lupita or other woman of a darker skin tone represented in mainstream media, it gives me hope that our society can learn to appreciate the beauty and strength of all women of color. Just check out the image below...

The contrast of colors presented in this image show strength and emphasize the parallels between the delicate greenery and starkness  of her flawless skin and vibrant clothing. This by far is my favorite photo.

My all-time favorite model, Arlenis Sosa is a beautiful Afro-Latina haling from the Dominican Republic, who has also held the title of spokesmodel for Lancôme since 2008 and has been featured in Vogue (18 TIMES), Harper's Bazaar and Glamour, is a definite shining star in the fashion world.

Her and models like Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls and the amazing new beauty Riley Montana are making a definite mark on fashion and how beauty is represented on the runway. 

Riley Montana is a girl to watch out for, especially with Givenchy under her belt. Let's get ready for some amazing color and powerful women in fashion and beauty.