Black and Proud Lupita Nyong'o was one of the honored at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon event held yesterday February 28 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Accepting her award, the 30-year-old actress gave one of the most powerful speeches about self-acceptance and loving yourself just the way you are. Her message basically is, "Black is beautiful" and you really don't need to be ashamed. She also mentioned Dencia in her speech. Read her inspiring speech below:
Thank you Alfre, for such an amazing, amazing introduction and celebration of my work. And thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of such an extraordinary community.I am surrounded by people who have inspired me, women in particular whose presence on screen made me feel a little more seen and heard and understood. That it is Essence that holds this event celebrating our professional gains of the year is significant, a beauty magazine that recognizes the beauty that we not just possess but also produce.