Monday, March 3, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS to 12 Years A Slave Oscar Winning Recipient Lupita Nyongo for a Winning Best Supporting Actress at The 67th Annual Academy Awards!!!

Congratulations, to Kenyan Born Actress and Fashion Icon, Lupita Nyongo for winning her 1st Oscar for her Role in the Film "12 Years A Slave"! She won the award for Best Supporting Actress! She has been acknowledged as the 7th Black Woman to ever win an Academy Award!!! 

She looked amazingly stunning as she graced the Red Carpet in a Beautiful "Nairobi Blue" Pleated Ball Gown! She said the color of the gown reminded her of her home city of Kenya, therefore coining the gown color, "Nairobi Blue". The gown was a custom made piece by Prada made specially for the Actress! And boy was she "Gone With The Wind Fabulous" in this gown!!!

Many people compared the beauty to a Princess, most nobely as a modern day Cinderella, who was bound to loose her Glass Slipper! 

What we love most about this story is the fact that people of all colors and walks of life are embracing this woman for her endless beauty! Although people everywhere, gloat over the actresses beautiful skin tone, and her ability to look stunning in pretty much every color of the rainbow! The actress admits in many interviews, that being the skin tone that she is, has not always been easy to embrace! 

Heres what Vogue Magazine had to say about Lupita in a recent Article:

"HOLLYWOOD's golden girl Lupita Nyong'o spoke candidly before the awards about the person who helped her grow to love her skin tone: model Alek Wek."

Lupita was quoted making this statement, "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," Nyong'o said. "Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn't. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn't help but bloom inside of me. When I saw Alek, I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty."- Lupita Nyongo

Vogue went on to say, "The actress shared the story as she collected her Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, admitting that before she reached acceptance, she often wished that her skin was lighter."

Lupita went on to confess, "I tried to negotiate with God," she said. "I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted. I would listen to my mother's every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened."

An Article excerpt by India.comhealth read this:

"She revealed that she was often teased for being dark-skinned, and she used to pray to god for a lighter skin during her adolescence. The star says she was so ashamed she couldn’t even look at herself in the mirror, and added: ‘Every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before.’ -Lupita Nyongo

"The 31-year-old ( who just celebrated a birthday) thought that having dark black skin was a curse, reports It was supermodel Alek Wek who helped boost her confidence because people like Oprah Winfrey praised her as a beautiful woman. Nyong’o says she ultimately learned that beauty comes in all shades and hopes to be an inspiration to other young girls with similar concerns."

This is absolutely wonderful! Being that this is the year of Women Empowerment for Edwina LaShan considering that "Our goal is for women to Embrace their beauty through the love of their own skin and allowing fashion to simply be an accessory! " 

Edwina, of Edwina LaShan, is about to participate in her 2nd segment of the "Sister's Chat" Panel. 

Hosted and sponsored by her Best Friend, Lorean Mays for "The Sophisticated Chronicles" Lifestyle Blog. Giving, right here, in Chattanooga, Tn! What we love most about this Chat, is the fact that Mays, promotes conversation therapy through these panels!

This chat motivates young girls and allows them to see through successful women in their own Community, that dreams are possible, and that we all have similar stories! The girls are able to identify with women who are just like them in multiple ways! 

The chat uplifts young girls and their spirits and allows them to look up to women who identify with them in different ways! Whether it's the chat about skin color, natural hair, acceptance in the community, or bullying! Mays hits many topics that Black Women go through! She also hits subjects that other races experience as well. The chat is an open forum for all races to come together and share their stories, although the focus is mainly on Black Women.

Mays, herself has promoted on several Facebook/Blog post and platforms that Dark Women should embrace their beauty! She shares her own stories of dealing with having dark brown skin, with long hair, and being judged on her own physical appearance! 

Each woman on the panel has a different story, and have their own story to tell.

Lorean Mays is a professional model and formal pageant queen so she has definitely had her fair share of political beauty experiences! 

LaShan of Edwina LaShan is also working on her CSAS Senior Project, Where the topic is... "How Is Physical Beauty Interpreted by Various Facts of Society?"

Singer Beyonce, touches the subject in her songs and videos, "Pretty Hurts" and "Flawless". In the "Pretty Hurts" song and video she touches base on self beauty love and how Pageantry has effected the way women view their self beauty and personal confidence! Which is very relevant to Lupita since she her team  announce she listened to Beyonce, very loudly, while getting glammed up for the Oscars. 


Beyonce features Fashion Newcomers, in the "Pretty Hurts Video. Two of the newcomer models include two Albino Models who are now being accepted in the Fashion Industry with open arms. They also share stories of judgement and acceptance due to the complexion of their skin as well. 

In Beyonce's Flawless song she is quoted singing, "I woke up like this... I woke up like this! Ladies we flawless!"

There is auto documentary excerpt in the song where the commentator recites a quote about how women are often taught to compete for beauty but not jobs. The song for the uses samples from a speech "We should all be feminists", delivered by Nigerian writer Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie at a TEDxEuston conference. 

The speech states, "“We teach girls to shrink themselves, 
to make themselves smaller.
We say to girls,
‘You can have ambition,
but not too much.
You should aim to be successful,
but not too successful.
Otherwise you will threaten the man.’
Because I am female,
I am expected to aspire to marriage.
I am expected to make my life choices
always keeping in mind that
marriage is the most important.
Now marriage can be a source of
joy and love and mutual support.
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors –
not for jobs or for accomplishments,
which I think can be a good thing,
but for the attention of men.
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
in the way that boys are.
Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

All in All.. We Salute you... Lupita Nyongo for your confidence and acceptance of your beauty! You inspire people, of all walks of life, who can also identify with you! 

In the words of Lupita Nyongo, "No Matter Where You Are From... Your Dreams are Valid!" 

Congrats on your Best Supporting Actress Oscar Award!!! And keep Shining Queen! 

More pics of the Cinderella Dream Come True Beauty Below: 


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