Steve McQueen accepts the Best Picture award for ‘12 Years a Slave’ onstage during the 86th Annual Academy Awards
On struggling with being darker skinned black,
"… And my mother again would say to me, "You can’t eat beauty. It doesn’t feed you." And these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.
And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty, was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
- Lupita Nyong’o
Mélanie Laurent - S Moda Magazine - February 2014
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
12 Years A Slave wins Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards
Angelina Jolie and Sidney Poitier | 86th Annual Academy Awards