by Maura Brannigan
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At last night's Oscars, Hollywood's breakout star Lupita Nyong'o capped off her winning awards season with a Best Supporting Actress statuette for her performance in 12 Years a Slave. But while Lupita may carry herself with the most grace of any celebrity on the red carpet, she hasn't always been as admirably secure.
See more: 8 Outfits Men Love on WomenAt Saturday's Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, the 31-year-old actress shared a story in which she described how she often desired for her skin to be lighter-until one supermodel, Alek Wek, helped her gain acceptance.
"A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was," said Lupita. "Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn't. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I hadRead More »from How Model Alek Wek Helped Lupita Nyong'o Love Her Skin Tone