Lupita Nyong’o is an actress who has made her way in Hollywood for several years and who many remember because she is part of the cast of Black Panther, a Marvel movie, but before being part of the world of DC Comics, the famous woman won an Oscar for her work in 12 years a slave and surely something that few know is that she is Mexican.
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City when her parents of Kenyan origin took refuge in the country, that is why she bears this name, which is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Mexico, although the famous one is the nickname given to women named Guadalupe.
After winning the Oscar in 2016, Lupita Nyong’o began to become even more famous and it was revealed that she was Mexican, but when she won the recognition she did not mention the country where she was born and said she was proud of her Kenyan roots.
Without a doubt, the fact that she did not mention Mexico puzzled many, since the actress was not only born in Mexico since she lived for a time in the country. At the age of 16, the actress returned to Mexican lands and lived in Taxco, it was there that she learned to speak Spanish.
Although many foreigners consider living in Mexico to be a great experience, for Lupita Nyong’o it was not. In an interview that she offered a few years ago, she explained the reason why she does not consider herself Mexican.
In that interview, Lupita Nyong’o explained that during the time she lived in Mexico she was not happy and that she was a victim of racism.
“People would stop us and take pictures of us just because we were of color and it was the time when you're in that teenage phase trying to fit in and make your own path, that devastated me. If you turn on the television and you don't see yourself reflected in their programs you become invisible and that was what I saw, nothing reflected me on TV, in the movies or in the magazines. Western beauty standards affect everyone and we are in a society that does not value dark skin."