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Why Are Magazines So Uncomfortable With Black Women’s Natural Hair?


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Lupita Nyong' o pounds Grazia UK publication for photoshopping her hair. Cenk Uygur, Grace Baldridge, as well as Simone Boyce review on The Young Turks. Tell us what you think in the comment area below. Subscribe to our network:

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" As a basic policy, I'm constantly happy to see Lupita Nyong' o on the cover of a publication. But you know exactly what truly deters it? Discovering that the previously mentioned magazine photoshopped her look.

Nyong' o gets on the cover of Grazia's latest problem and she took to social media to call out the magazine for "smooth [ing] my hair to fit a much more Eurocentric concept of what lovely hair resembles."

In an Instagram message, Nyong' o revealed the publication cover along with the original photos– and also it's rather clear that her loose ponytail was essentially shaved off by the people at Grazia UK." *.

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  1. Posted by Hal Jordan, at Reply

    I’ve actually known black women that were asked to make their hair straight, in office settings. A lot of places have biases against natural black hair.

    • Posted by Lion Cub, at Reply

      Well it does kinda look like pubes soo..

    • Posted by Sacred, Nothing is, at Reply

      The White self hatred is strong with you.

    • Posted by zoliking2, at Reply

      And what relevance do you think this bears to the story above? A single person getting pissed off about having the image of her hair altered by somebody that she explicitly gave permission to do so is not the same as some company enforcing a nonsense code for hairdo for employees whose looks shouldn’t matter in the first place.
      If you heard a story about a zoo deciding to feed its rhino a cheaper food option that is just as nutritious, but the animal likes it less, would you respond by “yeah, I heard poachers are killing already endangered rhinos in Africa, driving the spiecies to a closer and closer likeliness of extinction every day”. Having a vague, association level connection between two situations does not mean each has the same impact.

    • Posted by Obsidian- Radio, at Reply

      To Hal Jordan : That sucks!!! 🙁

  2. Posted by N.W.A., at Reply

    This has nothing to do with race. It’s their magazine. They paid for a model, they paid for a photographer. She is known for her bald head and she knows that. No different than Amber Rose. That’s what they were paying for. She’s not as striking with her hair. Everyone’s photo on a magazine is edited. She’s not complaining about all the other edits, or the make up, or all the other ways she’s manipulated her natural features.

    • Posted by Sc j, at Reply


    • Posted by Independent Thinker, at Reply

      or maybe because hard for black woman to get job with natural hair.

    • Posted by vick3d, at Reply

      Weird, OP usually post about the evil cracka devils keepin da black pharaohs down, but is reasonable here.

    • Posted by N.W.A., at Reply

      vick3d I’m always reasonable. My posts are always the truth, and sometimes the truth hurts.

    • Posted by ShonColle, at Reply

      She’s not a model for the hundredth time. She’s an Academy Award winning actress.

  3. Posted by HeirOfGlee, at Reply

    Black women adore our crowns and so do black men loving their hair, its part of our culture so dont try to take or hide it away from us. But what do you expect from a culture that would take the feather crown from natives and wear them for fun, mocking a whole culture.

    Just dont mess with black women and hair that is down to natural and unnatural gals.

    • Posted by HeirOfGlee, at Reply

      YOU like soft silky hair but many men like the soft clouds we wear and ill be with one of those that dont mind either way. See how that works? You are not my and most other women type because you are bias. Maybe get a golden retriever to tickle your fancy.

    • Posted by HeirOfGlee, at Reply

      then you are as dense as anyone can get, because there is a whole segment about Asian stores and the industry all up in this and how there are no black owned weave shops or hair care. So if that info cant get to you and its on your own time, then what can I do? Quit now because this will be my last response to someone that cant even get it when told from a moving picture with loud words that can be re watched.

    • Posted by Ebba K, at Reply

      HeirOfGlee LOL, what a bunch of sanctimonious horseshit!! 😄😃

    • Posted by zoliking2, at Reply

      If she cared that much about how her hair appeared on the magazine she could have negotiated to include a clause in the contract that the overall shape of her hair should not be altered. She didn’t care enough to do so. I was unaware that the British “took the feather crown from natives and wore them for fun”. I guess Native British tribes weren’t so happy about it.

  4. Posted by Demonac, at Reply

    The previous Solange example, I could kindof see how somebody at the magazine might balk at the unusual art statement she was making (whatever you may think of it, that was not “natural” hair), though that magazine was still clearly in the wrong, in that if they didn’t want it, they needed to communicate that before the shoot, and certainly not just photoshop it.
    In THIS case, I have NO IDEA what they were thinking – there’s nothing even unusual about the untouched hair, nor do I understand why the altered look would be preferable – in addition to the obvious wrongness of making major changes without consulting the subject.

  5. Posted by MIKE TYSON, at Reply

    Unfortunately pretty much all images in magazines are edited/photoshopped as the image is the property of the magazine & they can do what they want with it so complaining about this is pointless unless pre-agreed terms in a contract have been broken. The hair & beauty industry is basically photoshop.

  6. Posted by Adrian Loading, at Reply

    All pictures in magazines or online for that matter are photoshopped. Did she just find out they photoshop that stuff?

    • Posted by House.Targaryen, at Reply

      Adrian Loading you are a failed abortion

    • Posted by Lechiffresix six, at Reply

      Solange complained about the same ethnic photoshopping. there is a racist backstory to black people’s hair in america and all over the western hemisphere

    • Posted by MrCat, at Reply

      Daaaaym,  PC Principal in full effect.

  7. Posted by xcou, at Reply

    3 non black people talking about black hair lol okay

    • Posted by BL4CK KN1G8T, at Reply

      They are no 100% African Americans, they all have European DNA in them.

    • Posted by Sweet Gaming, at Reply

      BL4CK KN1G8T I’m 100% African American, born here after my parents immigrated from Africa.

    • Posted by ThatBigBlackBoy, at Reply

      Sweet Gaming no one is 100% anything

    • Posted by Sweet Gaming, at Reply

      ThatBigBlackBoy I was making the statement that I’m sure as hell not half European.

  8. Posted by Jack Rando, at Reply

    This is UnbeWeavable 😂😂

    • Posted by The Pale Sicilian, at Reply

      I couldn’t beweave it myself !

  9. Posted by Sparckman, at Reply

    WTF where Ana? Yo Cenk man, you gotta show more Ana. XD

  10. Posted by Neacha Brissett, at Reply

    The comments here are so hilarious 😂 . Ignorance at it best. These cave people 😂😂😂

    • Posted by Gloria Gracey, at Reply

      Sacred,Nothin is, If you would use your High IQ to educate yourself with research instead of your television, you would see that countries like Nigeria, Algeria, Angolia, Ethiopia, ect have cities with skyscrapers and power. The bigger question is, why do “1st” world countries even have homeless people to begin with if these countries are so rich and advanced? The way I see it, an African “poor” is better than an American poor. At least Africans have the land to build a damn hut and the will power to hunt for food. American poor people dont even have that. They live under bridges and on the side of streets begging for money. And the only hunting they do is threw a trashcan.

    • Posted by Gloria Gracey, at Reply

      Adeon55, White people have had about a 500 year headstart with when it comes to education. The Education whites were receiving was only opened to blacks within the last 50-60 years. The past does affect the present. And to sit there and pretend like police dont accuse blacks of false charges or racially target black people is asinine. The bigger question is what does percentage have to do with crime in the case of people who were never disenfranchised? Asian counries like China have a higher population than whites in the USA and they’re not shooting up 500 people at country clubs, or committing mass murder against children in high schools.Why are white people still committing violent crimes?

    • Posted by Gloria Gracey, at Reply

      Sincere Alise, what white country do black women get their hair from? Dont worry, I’ll wait.

    • Posted by Michael Robertson, at Reply

      Gloria Gracey – that’s an excuse for someone who lived 50 or 100 years ago not today….and I doubt black hair is banned at the workplace, there is most likely a neat hair requirement not an actual ban on black hair…..

    • Posted by Gloria Gracey, at Reply

      Micheal Robertson, But black natural hair IS banned at some workplaces. People talk about it ALL THE TIME. Why dont you do a quick google research on discrimination against black hair in the workplace? There was just a girl working at banana republic who ran into this very issue due to a white woman complaining about her hairstyle. She was told to straighten it. Another black girl about three years back was told that her natural hair is a distraction at school and that she needed to straighten it. Just because you dont go threw this doesnt mean other people dont.

  11. Posted by Toufiq Aziz, at Reply

    Lupita is absolutely stunning.

  12. Posted by The Diesel, at Reply

    There is a lack of respect for the black culture. You can hate hearing it but it’s true. Black women take their hair very seriously.

    • Posted by Sacred, Nothing is, at Reply

      What culture?

    • Posted by sir incognito, at Reply

      There is a lack of respect for the European culture

    • Posted by PyrrhosHans, at Reply

      yeah, dat’s why they’re weaving 24/7. I would love to see more natural black womens’ hair but they are hiding it just like the Saudis….

    • Posted by zoliking2, at Reply

      Apparently not seriously enough to negotiate for a clause in their magazine contracts protecting its overall look on the final altered image. At least this particular person didn’t take it that seriously.

  13. Posted by Boobalopbop, at Reply

    I happened to know for a fact that magazines alter women’s bodies, hair texture, shape, length and color ALL THE TIME. Not just black women. If you see the originals of these photos you’d all be shocked. They make all kinds of changes to make room for text, to reflect the mood of the month of the magazine release. For example, they may make an actress look more golden tanned if it’s a July issue. More pale to match the background for a holiday issue. This didn’t begin with Solange and Lupita, they are just the first ones to complain and suggest it’s racist. Nobody likes to be called racist. It’s going to get to the point where they just stop offering their cover to black women. I can see her being offended if they altered her hair from short and kinky to long and straight. THAT would be offensive. But in both cases, all they did remove a puff of hair. Lupita wore her hair the exact same way the first few years of her fame, so how are they to know she’s be offended? Let alone suggested to be racist?

    • Posted by TCt83067695, at Reply

      Boobalopbop while i agree with you and Cenk that it’s actually not a racist thing (both of your points actually swayed me), it’s an incredibly dangerous prescedent to set suggesting if you dont call them out our race wont get booked again.
      Like isnt that in itself the systemic racism we’re trying to fight?
      Just because they’re ignorant of the real cultural issues around this doesnt mean they get a pass?
      In fact did they not have black ppl in their staff from the photoshoot to print who could have said ‘hmmmm guys let’s take a second before this goes out?’

    • Posted by Boobalopbop, at Reply

      TCt83067695 Its entirely possible hey had black people on the staff that wouldn’t think it would be a problem to edit out the ponytail. Believe it or not, not all black people spend all their time looking for things to call racist. They also photoshopped her skin to be a lot smoother than it is, but she didn’t say peep about that and hashtag #donttouchmyskin. I’m not saying it SHOULD become a policy that they just won’t ask any black women to be on their cover, but why would they want to risk being called racist for making simple design choices they make every day? Their job isn’t to promote Afro ponytails it’s to sell magazines. They have to include headlines of their featured articles on that cover. Solange’s fit made no sense. The magazine is supposed to put a big circle of extensions double the size of her head on their cover? Again, the magazine isn’t selling Solange’s hair stylists services.

  14. Posted by Austin Daniels, at Reply

    It looked better cropped. She should have thanked them.

    • Posted by Sheldon Scott, at Reply

      Austin Daniels I liked it pre-chopped myself. Different strokes for different folks.

    • Posted by Julius Red, at Reply

      I like it cropped too or just completely free. Tied back doesn’t look natural for the particular setting.

  15. Posted by Darwin's Fox, at Reply

    If I retouch someone’s skin for a magazine, or thin their jaw, or make their eyes wider, all of which are relatively standard retouches for magazine work and ads, can a white person say “don’t touch my slavic jaw line!” or “don’t touch my aryan skin!”. I prefer less retouching and altering photos in general, but these black women have such a chip on their shoulder about it. Solange, the most privileged and lucky woman on the planet, claims victimhood status over her damn hair.

  16. Posted by LivingWithOsa TV, at Reply

    Sad to hear about this.

    • Posted by MrCat, at Reply

      how sad are you, please tell us.

    • Posted by Kongo Bongo, at Reply

      LivingWithOsa TV it is sad….that a woman would become so upset over something so trivial.

  17. Posted by DISCO-INFERNO-70, at Reply

    I’m as pro capitalism as anybody, but these arguments about the free market and how you have no say in how your pictures are used is incredibly ignorant and one sided.
    Did this company TELL her that she was going to be photo shopped this way? Contracts work BOTH ways, and people always ignore the responsibilities of companies to adhere to contracts. I doubt that it was ever stated anywhere that they could change her image in any way they wanted when they contracted her for the photo shoot.
    It’s funny how people always side with a company or corporation no matter what happens under the guise that you got paid.

    Free market and contractual obligations are a 2 way street.

    • Posted by zoliking2, at Reply

      Whenever you aquire the right to use somebody’s likeness the contract usually has a clause allowing the altering of that likeness without any specific descriptions as to what the nature of such an alteration might be. At least in the film industry that’s how it works. I would imagine that a newspaper cover contract would contain a similar clause, and I’m certain that a publication that deals with something like this professionally on a day by day basis would not do any illegal alterations. Contractual obligations are 2 way, I imagine the other way here was the transfer of a sum of money.

  18. Posted by Captain Nemo, at Reply

    This is coming from the Young Turds a LIBERAL CHANNEL that has ZERO black women presenters! lmao
    And this is why we keep saying they are slimey hypocrites!

    • Posted by Red Cloud, at Reply

      lol you must not watch often, dumbass. They have plenty of black women contributors. Thing is these women have other jobs to do, so they dont have them on here on a permanent basis.

    • Posted by Danny Benitez, at Reply

      Russian troll much, they have a handful of African American people same as other people. I mean use your head even cenk isn’t vanilla bro.

      Quit lying to spread your hate. Go watch a video you enjoy instead of being a hater.

    • Posted by Gabthelazy, at Reply

      They don’t actually have black talking heads. Jayar is a producer and all the other black employees do behind the scene stuff.

  19. Posted by Smaakjeks K, at Reply

    The photo was massively photoshopped, but only the hair is mentioned. And, like Cenk asked, how is it “Eurocentric”?

    • Posted by YogGroove, at Reply

      According to the comment section, we’re racist for asking.