“When I was just a girl, I called myself goddess… and I lived in the sky. Sometimes I wonder why I ever left. I’m a mutant with the power to control the weather. Here’s where I belong… every nerve connected with the wind, the clouds, the vapor.”
Candidate 1: Genevieve Nnaji, age 37. She is a Nigerian actress and singer. She won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005.
Candidate 2: Stephanie Okereke Linus, age 33. She is a Nigerian actress, film director and model. She has received several awards and nominations for her work as an actress, including the 2003 Reel Award for Best Actress, the 2006 Afro Hollywood Award for Best Actress, and three nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Candidate 3: Danai Gurira, age 38. She is a Zimbabwean American actress and playwright, best known for her role as Michonne on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama series.
Last but not least candidate 4: Lupita Nyong'o, age 33. She is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and film director. Notable roles and awards includes an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave and Tony Award for Best Actress for her Broadway debut in Eclipsed.
Representation for dark, skin black women is essential to help break down barriers that systematically hold dark skin black women down due to their intersectional identities (i.e. sexism, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, etc and importantly colorism). I purposely fan casted these women because they match the basic and essential characteristics of Storm (i.e. dark skin, African-born woman).