Lupita Nyong'o Just Schooled Vogue about Her Hair

May 5th 2016

Taylor Bell

The Met Gala is known for celebrities donning fashion forward looks, and actress Lupita Nyong'o did not disappoint.

On Monday the actress showed up in a gorgeous, shimmering Calvin Klein gown with an ethnic hairstyle that still has a lot of people talking.

In an red carpet interview the actress said that the tall updo was inspired by "spiritual hairdos from all around the continent." One of Vogue magazine's biggest fashion icons, Andre Leon Talley, also pointed out that her hairstyle resembled that of the iconic Black singer Nina Simone.

But later, Vogue published a story suggesting that legendary white actress Audrey Hepburn was a possible inspiration for the actress' hairstyle.

Vogue Met Gala style article


"The sculptural style is also reminiscent of the updo Audrey Hepburn sported in a 1963 Vogue shoot with Bert Stern," Vogue's Laird Borrelli-Persson wrote. "And the similarities between the two ingenues extend beyond hair; both, like Hepburn’s famous incarnation of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, have mastered the art of transformation, from head to toe."

To which Nyong'o had the perfect response.

The actress posted a video on her Instagram account reminding Vogue of the hairstyle's true roots — Black culture.

*Mic drop.*

This is not the first time that traditionally Black hairstyles have been attributed to white stars.

The same thing can be said about the newest boxer braid trend, where women their hair in two tightly held braids.


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This hairstyle is known as cornrows in the Black community, and it has been a signature hairstyle for Black people for years. But recently, cornrows have been rebranded as "boxer braids" and popularized thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian. In 2014, the Los Angeles Times faced criticism when they credited white people with the invention of cornrows, according to Jezebel.