After Lupita Nyong’o‘s amazing year that saw her win an Academy Award for her first ever movie role in 12 Years a Slave, and then become a fashion icon, there’s been some talk that Lupita might have trouble keeping the steam up because she’s a dark-skinned woman. Admittedly, we get that Hollywood has a bit of a problem when it comes to representing women with darker skin, but part of me is hopeful that they can recognize talent. Well, the good news is that Lupita has just been named the new face of Lancôme, so YAY! Good start! Now here’s my one wish: Someone, anyone out there in a position where they can get movies made, please please PLEASE start working on balancing things out and creating roles for people and characters with different skin tones. I’m just saying, things tend to be a little ill-balanced when it comes to representation across the board, so it’s heartening to see more roles for characters other than the pretty white blonde people.
— Lancôme USA (@LancomeUSA) April 4, 2014