Academy Award Winner, Lupita Nyong’o Opens Up about Her Struggles with Self-Doubt

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In an Essence article, Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyong’o opens up about her struggles with self-doubt. “…The stage of self-doubt is never eliminated. It’s work. It doesn’t come naturally or easily because I have a golden statue sitting on my shelf,” she said.

Despite her red carpet glamour and vibrant fashion editorials – which have made her an international inspiration – Lupita says she doesn’t always feel comfortable posing for photographers.

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Greg Lotus/ESSENCE

“It’s not a natural environment for a human being to inhabit. You’re one person, and hundreds of flashes are going off in your face and people are yelling your name…and you’re standing there to be judged, so you’re kind of complicit in it. I don’t think anyone ever gets used to it. It becomes familiar and you stop shaking as much and your body gets used to that level of shock,” Nyong’o tells Essence. “But it’s like being onstage: You never stop getting butterflies. It’s one of the things that reminds you that you care.”

Lupita Nyong’o revealed that she feels ‘invisible’ as a black actress. “If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself.

“And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house.

“And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world.

“And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”

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The full interview can be read when the issue hits newsstands on Friday, December 4.

Sources: EURweb and The Hamilton Spectator

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