Nyong’o admits complexion was ‘obstacle’ in youth

February 28, 2014 • Entertainment

Lupita Nyong’o arrives at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Annie I. Bang /Invision/AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There wasn’t a dry eye in the house Thursday when Lupita Nyong’o delivered an emotional speech while accepting her honor for best breakout performance at Essence magazine’s seventh annual Women in Hollywood luncheon.

The “12 Years a Slave” star and Oscar nominee for best supporting actress confessed that as a young girl, she had wished her dark-hued skin would become lighter.

“I got teased and taunted about my skin,” Nyong’o began, on stage in a ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my Login to read more

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