People Magazine’s #MostBeautiful Woman of the Year, Lupita Nyong’o sits down with another beauty icon, Alek Wek.
Watch as two beautiful and incredibly inspiring East African women sit down and talk about the importance of representation, unapologetically being yourself, and not forgetting that no matter how different one is perceived in the world, one can always be beautiful.
One of the phrases that truly sticks with me, said by Alek Wek, is when she states, “I’m so normal”. I’ve often heard people refer to her beauty as ‘alien’ and out-of-the-ordinary, but what many who do this often forget is that Alek Wek sees herself as none of that. She comes from a whole host of people who carry the same features that, according to white and Western standards of beauty, seem rare or unconventional.
Using any word that seeks to strip her appearance of any normalcy, casting her in ‘shoots and editorials that enhance and contrast her differences - especially when racially motivated, as I’ve often seen done - are both acts of othering and of enabling white supremacy.