A PHOTOGRAPHER has apologised for removing Lupita Nyong’o’s hair from a Grazia cover image that the star claims was Photoshopped to make her fit a ‘Eurocentric notion’ of beauty.
An Le said cropping out the actress’s locks was a ‘monumental mistake’.
‘Though it was not my intention to hurt anyone, I can see now that altering the image was an unbelievably damaging and hurtful act,’ he said.
The Vietnam-born fashion photographer, based in New York, added: ‘As an immigrant myself, it is my duty to be an advocate for the representation of diversity of beauty in this industry.’
Grazia, which commissioned the photo for its latest UK issue, said it never asked for Nyong’o’s hair to be altered. It apologised for failing to realise the change had been made.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress, born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, has worn her hair short in the past. She said the Grazia shoot should have been a chance to show that ‘dark kinky-haired people’ can be considered beautiful.