People magazine named Lupita Nyong’o one of the world’s most beautiful people. Not only is Lupita known for the Oscar she won for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, but she also is known for her graceful elegance on the red carpet. However, Lupita was not always appreciative of her beauty. When she was a young girl, she compared herself to the beautiful women she saw on television. Like the young swan we know as the “ugly duckling,” Lupida believed that because she did not look like the models and actresses on television, she wasn’t beautiful. Lupida even admits to praying to God that she would wake up and look like the women on television, but God never answered Lupida’s prayer. Every morning Lupida woke up, her skin was still brown (Lamour, n.d.).
In the fairy tale, the ugly duckling eventually met a beautiful swan in the lake and compared his reflection in the water to the swan. He realized that he was not an ugly duckling but a beautify swan. Just like the young swan, Lupida found someone with whom she could identify--model Alek Wek. That’s when Lupida began to appreciate her beauty (Lamour, n.d.).
Lupida also knows the value of the beauty within, a lesson taught to her by her mother (Lamour, n.d.). As she graces red carpets and stages, it is not only the outer beauty we see but also the inner beauty that radiates through her graceful elegance.
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Lamour, J. (n.d.) Upworthy. Retrieved from http://www.upworthy.com/oscar-winner-lupita-nyongos-speech-on-beauty-that-left-an-entire-audience-speechless?g=2&c=reccon1