In the new children's book Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, the titular character Sulwe embarks on a journey of self-acceptance and celebration. The little girl with skin the "color of midnight" combats colorism and discovers the true meaning of beauty. "I wrote this to give dark-skinned kids a chance to live in the world of imagination and magic" says Noyong'o.
To Lupita Nyong'o, the theme of acceptance in Sulwe is important. The academy-award winning actor wrote Sulwe in hopes that its readers could find self-acceptance and comfort in their own skin. "It took me a while to find my stride and learn to love the skin I'm in, and so I wrote this book to help little kids get there a little faster," she says of her story. Nyong'o wrote Sulwe after growing up with only blonde, white, characters like Cinderella and Thumbelina available to her in books and media.
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