Lupita Nyong’o to Publish Children’s Book With Hopes to Help Children Rethink Beauty

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o is taking her talents off screen with hopes help children realize what it means to be beautiful and celebrate melanin!

As the New York Times reports, the award-winning actress will pen her debut children’s book “Sulwe” for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. “Sulwe” means star in her native language, Luo. The book tells the story of a 5-year-old girl living in Kenya. In the story, Sulwe has the darkest skin in her family, which makes her so uncomfortable that she is determined to lighten her skin. After receiving advice from her mother, Sulwe recognizes her beauty.

“I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children’s book! It’s called “Sulwe”! Sulwe is a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty.” She wrote on Instagram. “She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning. This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin. Coming January 2019!!”

tThe 12 Years Slave actress hopes to target children from ages 5 to 7 with her book because “you learn all the things that you spend the rest of your life trying to unlearn.” at the time.

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