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The 12 Years a Slave star and Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress confessed that as a young girl, she had wished her dark-hued skin would become lighter.

“I got teased and taunted about my skin,” Nyong’o said, on stage in a ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first. Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before.” Read more

The Oscars air Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

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Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong’o Says Complexion Was An Issue  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com