Lupita Nyong’o Unveils Her Book Cover ‘Sulwe’
From Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colourism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe has skin the colour of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family and in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty. The upcoming title revolves around Sulwe, whose skin is the colour of midnight — “She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school.” The title of the book stems from a word in Nyong’o’s native language, Luo, which translates to “star” in English.
Coming from the Kenyan-Mexican actress who herself has battled discrimination since childhood, the book features a “magical journey in the night sky” that opens Sulwe’s eyes and changes everything.
“I wrote Sulwe to inspire children (and everyone really) to love the skin they are in and to see the beauty that radiates from within,” the 36-year-old announced on Twitter on International Children’s Book Day.
The 48-page book is published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and is expected to hit stores in October. The debut book has been illustrated by artist-filmmaker Vashti Harrison.
Brooklyn-based Nyong’o’s first feature film role was in 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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