she looks like lupita to me

From these new pictures, it’s clear that the ladies are going to steal the show in Marvel’s upcoming “Black Panther”

Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Black Panther doesn’t hit theaters until February 2018, but newly released photos from the upcoming film — just in time for Comic Con — have us looking for a time portal because we need this film NOW.

In this first look from Entertainment Weekly, we learn he film picks up where we left T’Challa/ Black Panther — once again played by Chadwick Boseman — after the events in Captain America: Civil WarT’Challa returns to Wakanda as king, following the death of his father, but balancing his superhero role with his responsibilities as king will NOT be easy…especially with Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) looking to take the throne and Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) threatening to bring Wakanda down.

But we’re not JUST excited to see Boseman and Jordan take each other on. No, we’re SO excited to see the badass ladies of Wakanda light up the screens.

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While T’Challa may be the official superhero in the upcoming film, it seems the ladies of Wakanda are ALL about action. In the film, Dora Milaje — think secret service meets MI-6 — are made up of women, led by Okoye and played by Danai Gurira. Florence Kasumba plays Ayo, T’Challa’s personal guard, and Lupita Nyong’o plays Nakia, a special ops agent — aka a better James Bond.

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He may be king of Wakanda, but T’Challa’s mom and sister are just as invested in the survival of their country. The photos show T’Challa’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, and mother Ramonda, brought to life by IRL queen Angela Bassett, are also willing to do whatever it takes to save Wakanda from forces trying to bring it down.

Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

It looks like they’re working with Nakia and CIA agent Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) to gain some sort of intel.

According to EW, Nakia and Shuri are the two most important people to T’Challa. T’Challa and Nakia had a romantic relationship before her special ops commitments broke them apart. Still, it seem like there’s still a spark. And Shuri isn’t just T’Challa’s sister, she also a brilliant weapons developer, creating weapons that will keep Wakanda safe.

Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios
Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios

Tell me Lupita isn’t embodying all kinds of 007 badassery.

We can’t wait to see this Ryan Coogler directed masterpiece when it lands in theaters on February 16, 2018. Check out all of the photos here!

Ok I’m just going to say it–it’s kind of been said before, but I can’t help commenting on it based off my perspective. So I assume most of us know who Zendaya is, and how she’s quickly gaining more popularity, and the result of this is her role in an upcoming spider man movie and being made into a Barbie doll for example. I’ve been seeing various posts about how these two examples are a big win for black women everywhere, but to be honest–I don’t see it as much of an accomplishment for black women in general? Now, I will say that I’m glad that Zendaya uses her status as a way to bring up political issues, don’t get me wrong. But at the same time lets be honest. I’m often seeing Zendaya being used as a representation of black women as a whole, but she’s biracial? And biracial blacks do have social privileges above mono racial blacks–For example, as far as beauty standards, Zendaya’s physical features (her light complexion, curly hair, not too full lips, etc.) is very Eurocentric? 90% of us black women don’t look vaguely like her (most of us aren’t racially ambiguous for one thing–if I were to be unaware of Zendaya’s black father the first thing that would come to mind when I saw her would definitely not be, “oh, she’s totally a black woman.”) I would honestly think she’s a bunch of ethnicities combined, and I would maybe think she had one (distant) black ancestor based off of her physical attributes.

Now, if somebody like Lupita N'yongo, Viola Davis, Jazmine Sullivan, etc. was to get more lime light for their talent I would feel more strongly about it, because women that look like them don’t fit the white standard of beauty, yet they favor what *most* black women look like. Zendaya’s accomplishments to me are rooted in a lot of social privileges because of 1. How Eurocentric she looks and 2. Being biracial, not fully black. I’m not saying she isn’t talented–but what I am saying is I know for a fact she wouldn’t be as popular if she was like the women I mentioned above.

I know a lot of people are thinking, “what if Zendaya considers herself to be black although her mother is white? A win for one of us is a win for all of us, no matter if we’re full black or half!” Yeah, I get it, but at the same time when you’re used to being the least represented group on media platforms, to me personally, Zendaya getting this attention is almost like a white woman getting attention in the sense that woc who favor white women have always gotten center stage first and foremost for generations. It’s nothing new or groundbreaking to me. Her look and ancestry is glorified specifically because of colorism and eurocentrism, which most black women can’t benefit from like biracial or racially ambiguous black women do. So when black women like Zendaya are front and center, while black women like Viola Davis, who has phenomenal talent in comparison yet isn’t one to often get super big roles regardless, continue to be pushed to the back it’s unsettling for me. I’m not moved. Zendaya’s stardom is still non verbally saying, “a black woman can only be worthy of this much popularity if she looks like Zendaya, NOT mono racial like Lupita N'yongo in spite of how much natural talent is displayed. I like Zendaya, I really do. But I can’t help but to not ignore the fact that her privilege as a biracial, racially ambiguous woc is a big factor that plays into how she got to where she is now.

One woman at FOX’s party assumed I was Serayah. “Is that Taylor Swift’s friend, the one from Empire?” I heard her say when she thought I was out of earshot. Her companion confirmed that, yes, indeed I was. Later, I overheard someone guessing that I was “one of the stars from the slave movie at Sundance.” I can only assume she was mistaking me for Aja Naomi-King in Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation. Later I was ID-ed as Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther), Danai Gurira (Black Panther), and Jessica Williams (The Daily Show).

I don’t look like any of these women. The only thing I have in common with any of them is that we’re all black. Hell, we’re not even all the same shades of black.


The casual racism of thinking all black people “look alike” is sadly nothing new — but what I was experiencing at Comic-Con was a trend. One I couldn’t figure out how to explain until I started my trip back across the country to New York, once again easily blending into the crowds. That’s when I realized it’s easy to blend in when no one unconsciously tries to justify why I’m somewhere in the first place.


The parties I attended weren’t for actors (the “talent”) only. Guests also included producers, screenwriters, publicists, film critics, and any other number of people in the entertainment industry (plus fans who managed to score invites). In other words, one doesn’t walk in assuming that every person there is some sort of celebrity. In fact, the friends I did the party circuit with — three white men and one white woman — weren’t mistaken for talent at all. Nor should they have been, given that none of them resemble any celebrity that I can think of. At Con events, they were just faces in a crowd, the faces people expected to see.

—  This is the second comic-con where I’ve been complimented for Jessica Williams’ work by random white folks. Problem? I’m not her. I wrote about the phenomenon and what it says about media diversity for Cosmo

On her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television”:

“I grew up with a very limited mirror of myself. I watched a lot of TV, but the people on it were always light skinned. And now I have a platform that takes me into people’s houses and onto the pages of their magazines.” – Lupita Nyong’o

On looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist:

“I want to write, I want to direct, I want to produce—I want to inhabit what I think it means to fully be an artist. I always wanted to do that, but I didn’t think I had the tools. Now I look at Viola [Davis] and I look at Nate [Parker] and I look at Shonda [Rhimes] and it’s like, You just do it. You just begin, you know?"  – Aja Naomi King

“I actually hate when people fancast Lupita Nyong'o as Tiana. She really doesn’t look like her and people just try to put her in literally every role the requires a Black woman, and it especially annoys me because Brandy Norwood is practically Tiana’s TWIN! Especially in her Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella getup!”

You guys, representation matters sooo much! My goddaughter, Celeste, is 8 years old and dark-skinned, she has the same complexion as Lupita Nyong’o. She goes to a predominantly Black school with a Hispanic and Jewish minority and she has always been bullied for being the darkest student in her class. Her teacher, who is light skinned, won’t even do anything and said “she’ll get use to it” and the kids are just “joking”. Anyway, for the longest time she has always hated her skin color and prayed every night to wake up and look like Beyoncé with light skin and long wavy hair. I remember when she slept over my house, I caught her praying in the bathroom to wake up beautiful and light skinned and if she did, she would promise God that she’ll always go to church and be a good girl till the day she dies, that broke my heart and I teared up. Her mother and I always tell her don’t listen to what the other kids tell her because she is beautiful, her dark skin is NOT a curse, but truly a blessing but she wouldn’t listen. Suddenly, she saw the flawless Lupita Nyong’o on TV winning the hearts of Hollywood, a woman who had short kinky hair and a dark night shade skin tone deemed….beautiful! The day after Lupita won the Oscar and her face was on every television screen, on every newspaper, magazine etc, my goddaughter came home from school and told her mom and I, “I’m gonna be famous one day!” We jokingly asked her “whys that?”, she said “because I saw a lady that looks like me on tv and everyone thinks she’s beautiful and I’m beautiful too!”. I was trying to hold back my emotions, she finally learned to love herself and when her mom asked her “was it Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, or Beyoncé?” She said and I quote, “someone moreeee beautiful than that and she’s smart, her name is Lupita!”. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, this actress whom my goddaughter or myself have never met helped my goddaughter learn to love her kinky hair and embrace her skin tone. She told me she stopped praying to God for light skin because she loves her dark skin tone because it makes her “unique” and pretty. She fought back the bullies in her class by telling them “if you hate the way I look, then you hate your momma, grandma, and every girl in your family!”. Because of Lupita, she started working harder in school to improve her grades so she can be the top of her class, go to a good school and travel abroad. So don’t you dare say that it doesn’t matter that Lupita won, because it does. She is a beacon of light to many dark skinned girls with kinky or natural hair who never felt beautiful. She is a role model and because of that, I love her.

I hate when people say “ black women are ugly” and people AUTOMATICALLY point out Beyonce


like yes, beyonce is pretty, and yes , she is black


but shes also hella light skinned/ mixed looking and thats the reason why alot of people find her attractive ( lets be honest)


like can we start pointing out people like kelly rowland and lupita nyongo and serena and venus williams?

or like amber riley and gaboruey sibide and lauryn hill?


like can we stop making thin light skinned women with flowy hair the face of black beauty ?

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when i was little i used to have this smackers lip balm that was like chocolate mousse or cocoa or something and it used to smell so good so good so good i was obsessed used it until it ran out

i feel like she is the epitome of that lip balm here

i can’t get over it she looks so fucking great this is amazing to me this is so fucking amazing 

THE PROFESSIONAL: NICK BAROSE

Meet the celebrity makeup artist for Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o.

Behind every winning beauty look donned by Lupita Nyong’o, you’ll find the talented Nick Barose. And yes, that includes the now-iconic makeup she wore when she won the most prestigious golden statuette of all. He continues to dress the actress up in all her Lancôme glory, which includes using the new MIRACLE CUSHION—an innovative liquid compact that’s unique on the foundation scene. The Sephora Glossy recently chatted with Barose to talk celebrity makeup requests, discovering beauty in his native Thailand, and what he finds special about the new MIRACLE CUSHION. JESSICA VELEZ

How did you come to be a makeup artist?

During my teenage years, I got into fashion because my mom had a lot of magazines lying around. Later I moved to New York City to study environmental design. I loved it, but I knew it wasn’t for me, so during my last year I started pursuing makeup and doing test shoots with models from different agencies. My best friend told me that if I really wanted to take it to the next level that I would have to assist the big guys. He helped me write a letter to the great Kevyn Aucoin. Kevin called and booked me for NYFW and I got to work for him on many great magazine editorials and advertisements, as well as music video shoots.

What was it like growing up and discovering the world of beauty in Thailand?

My love for color came from the rich palettes in the art, theatre, and nature of Thailand. I grew up with many exotic and colorful birds like peacocks, pheasants, and parrots that my dad had roaming around our backyard. I often find myself using these types of colors for my makeup work. My grandma also had a Thai silk business where they used to dye the fabric at home and those colors were so unique. The way she’d pair the shades together really was Color Theory 101 for me.

Tell us about your first beauty memory.

I grew up with two sisters and many girl cousins my age, and I played with their dolls by dressing them up. I’d also have pretend fashion shows and photo shoots where I dressed up my sisters, cousins, and even our housekeepers. I’d style their makeup using my mom’s YSL and Lancôme products from her vanity. She’d always get mad when she found out I used her new lipsticks. My mom is a very stylish woman—she’s into fashion and beauty. Every morning she laid out her wardrobe with her purse, shoes, and accessories—then she’d select a lipstick to go with it. Now I find myself picking the lipstick to match my celebrity clients’ wardrobes.

What do you love about the new Lancôme MIRACLE CUSHION Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation?

I love the formula: It blends like second skin and it is so easy to apply with the sponge that comes with it. It’s also really easy to apply with your fingers, too. It has the consistency of liquid foundation and blends seamlessly for a silky finish that isn’t greasy. The easy-to-travel compact is perfect for on-the-go women today—or makeup artists like me that fly all the time and have many bottles that leak or break on the plane!

What’s your advice on using the cushion to deliver its best results?

Always apply and blend from the center of the face to the outside because it creates the most natural look. I also found that folding the sponge in half makes it easier to apply to harder-to-reach areas such as around the nose and right under the eye. The formula is really easy to blend, so it’s really about knowing the amount of coverage you want. For medium to fuller coverage that still looks natural, I apply it with the sponge that comes with it and gently pad it on. But for lighter coverage, you can use the “spot coverage” application technique by using fingers to blend it in on spots that need more concealment. This way, you don’t have to wear foundation on your whole face and it still looks bare and fresh.

You’ve worked with some of the most famous women in the fashion and entertainment worlds. What are their top beauty requests?

Luckily, I never get asked to do ridiculous things with makeup such as complicated looks that act like a mask. But, if there’s one thing they all ask for, it’s to make them look well rested. I learned to be quick (because nobody wants you to take an hour, especially at 6 a.m.) so the most important things are: skin, base, undereye concealer, and the right blush, so they get a fresh-faced look even though they are completely jet-lagged.

You’re the celebrity makeup artist for Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o, and you created the look on the night of her big win. What was that experience like?

It was unreal. We had a really hard schedule with a lot of traveling and crazy hours for the awards campaign, but Lupita is the sweetest, most down-to-earth and considerate actress you’ll ever meet. She likes to experiment with colors and makeup so that kept it exciting for me to never have to use the same lipstick or eyeshadow over and over again. She also has great taste in music so it’s always fun. Sometimes we start the day with a dance-off.

 

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A boy from our school tweeted this along with a slew of comments on natural hair and In response, all of us curly girls are wearing our hair natural to school Monday, and people who do not have curls, and curling they’re hair. It just saddens me to think some people have to publish to everyone else how that don’t like the look of my natural hair type. If you don’t like curly hair, keep it to yourself. Think of all the beautiful well known women who wear curls and their natural hair , Solange, Lupita, youngbabybella, lordemusic, taylorswift when she was younger, FKA twigs, & many more. The picture of my natural hair on the top is just as beautiful as it is straightened on the bottom. Everyones natural hair is so amazing and beautiful, do not let anyone tell you differently. No one should ever try to make others feel bad about our hair.

“I met her at the SAG Awards and I turned around and she saw me at the same time I saw her, and she made this huge ridiculous face of shock. And she beat me to it, because had she not reacted like that, that would have been the look on my face! ‘That’s what makes her so good! I just love the faces she makes!”’  

- Lupita Nyong’o about meeting Jennifer Lawrence .

"YOUR DREAMS ARE VALID"

that speaks to me on so many levels as a black woman.

we get told so many times in so many different ways how we’re not good enough and it makes us afraid to hope for something great.

but seeing lupita on that stage with that well deserved oscar in her hands…

what that moment did for my little sister who told me she doesn’t feel beautiful because her skin is too dark…

she’s THIRTEEN YEARS OLD and she HATES the skin she’s in. i kno what that feels like. it took me so damn long to learn to love myself. when i look at my little sister sometimes i ask myself, how many times can i tell her that she’s beautiful? why would she believe me when the second she leaves my company everyone around her is telling her otherwise?

lupita’s win is NOT a sign that hollywood is changing. no manner how many of them r probably patting themselves on the back for being so ~*progressive*~ this victory is not for the academy. when actresses like lupita succeed in spaces normally reserved for white faces THEY ARE THE HEROES. this victory is for all the black women and young black girls watching her take that stage. for even the briefest moment we get to FEEL the kind of beauty that only comes when u’ve struggled for so long.

lupita is my hero. she is my sister’s hero. i am so thankful to everyone involved in 12 years a slave for all of their hard work.

J.J. Abrams is dead to me

I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin… And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no conservation, she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then…Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t.
—  Lupita Nyong’o’s Essence speech on black beauty.
Some of the comments from people website about the Lupita cover
  • John Sherwood: Gross she looks like an AIDS victim.
  • redone : Give me a break!!! the most beautiful? not by far,White women are beautiful the rest? trash
  • Jon James: Enough of Lupita already. Too much of anything is, just too much. Every corner I turn, Lupita, Lupita.
  • HMan570: I stand by my first comment, the people who pick these so called beautiful woman must be blind. Woman without hair beautiful??? Come on you people thing that is beautiful you need to get your eyes checked.
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When I was like 10 and my sister was about five, I convinced her that she was going to jail because she used a bad word. The doorbell happened to ring, and I told her it was the police. I made her pack her bags. She was crying, and then I said to her, “I forgive you, and I’m gonna tell the cop to go away.” Then, of course, she loved me. It was terrible—she still remembers it. I had a sordid sense of humor.