Nyong'o's hair was edited by An Le for a recent 'Grazia' cover
The photographer responsible for altering actress Lupita Nyong’o’s hair for a recent Grazia cover has issued an apology.
The Oscar-winning actress appears on the November cover of Grazia magazine, criticising the publication last week for editing a photo of her so that her hairstyle “fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like”.
Grazia previously offered a statement, apologising for “not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alterations that had been made”. However, the magazine also said that “at no point did they make any editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves”.
Photographer An Le has now admitted to altering the image, saying that the edit “was not born out of any hate, but instead out of my own ignorance and insensitivity to the constant slighting of women of colour throughout the different media platforms”.
“I’ve had some time to reflect on my part in the incident involving Grazia and Ms Nyong’o,” he said. “I realise now what an incredibly monumental mistake I have made and I would like to take this time to apologise to Ms Nyong’o and everyone else that I did offend.”
“Though it was not my intention to hurt anyone, I can see now that altering the image of her hair was an unbelievably damaging and hurtful act. As an immigrant myself, it is my duty to be an advocate for the representation of diversity of beauty in this industry. I will demonstrate this in my work even more going forward.”
Le added: “There is no excuse for my actions. I deeply regret the pain I’ve caused Ms Nyong’o, a woman I’ve admired for quite some time now. Again, I would like to say I’m deeply sorry to everyone I did offend. I want to thank Lupita for addressing this important issue.”
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Nyong’o has not yet responded to Le’s apology.
Last month, Nyong’o was also among the stars who accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault after detailing how he allegedly asked her to massage him after inviting her to his family home.