Lupita Nyong'o Not Surprised About Being Natural Hair Icon

The actress says, "There is something about hair that has always been political."

Posted: 02/20/2014 12:21 PM EST
Lupita Nyong'o

Along with becoming a fashion icon, Lupita Nyong'o has also become the It Girl for the natural hair movement. In a recent interview with Pride magazine, the 12 Years a Slave actress said it didn't really come as a surprise to her, but that she's not getting too wrapped up in it.

"I wasn't really aware of being a natural hair icon. I don't really read the news, so this is the first time I'm hearing that. I'm not surprised though; there is something about hair that has always been political," she said. "Someone has long hair and they cut it, it's political, when someone grows their hair it's political. So I don't know how to answer that. I guess I'm just taking it in my stride."

But Nyong'o said she didn't always embrace her hair's natural state and would manipulate her look before finally deciding to go for a healthy head of locks instead of going wild with her style.

"When I was in my teens I dyed my hair all sorts of colors; blue and maroon. And then I realized that I was probably going to end up bald by the time I was 40. So I stopped doing all those things and finally decided to love it the way it is." always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture. 

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(Photo: Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews)

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