Lupita Nyong’o’s hair was not inspired by Audrey Hepburn, Vogue

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images

Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris via Getty Images

Lupita Nyong’o wants to credit her real fashion inspiration.

Nyong’o graced the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala with a sequined green gown and hair styled into a tower. Vogue compared her lofty hair to an Audrey Hepburn look in 1963.

Nyong’o was having none of that. In a video she posted on Instagram, she tagged Vogue’s account and captioned it: “Hair Inspiration. Check.”

Hair Inspiration. Check. @vernonfrancois @voguemagazine #metball2016

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Next to a static image of her hair, three photos flashed: black women with tall, towering hair. One of them was singer Nina Simone, whose biopic has been in the spotlight after Simone’s estate protested Zoe Saldana’s casting.

Nyong’o also did an interview with Vogue where she attributed her hair inspiration to Nina Simone.

This isn’t the first time fashion magazines take traditionally black hairstyles and give credit to non-black celebrities. Kylie Jenner’s cornrows and dreadlocks were met with praise, and Elle UK originally said baby hairs were inspired by Givenchy and Katy Perry. (The article has since been changed.)


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