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Lupita Nyong'o Is Giving Me The Spins And I'm Loving Every Second Of It

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | May 14, 2018 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | Celebrity | May 14, 2018 |


A lot of people agree that Lupita Nyong’o is so lovely it hurts. Seeing pictures of her defying gravity (and several other laws of physics) in a pink organza Prada gown at Cannes this weekend, literally took my breath away. Lupita’s fluttery, feminine incandescence in that dress gave me all kinds of feels.

💃🏿💃🏿💃🏿 #Cannes2018

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There’s something so captivating, natural, and achingly beautiful about what Lupita can do with a dress, that it makes me want to run out and buy a football field length of tulle and just spin, spin, spin, until I fall to the ground in a fit of giggles, tiny silver butterflies, each ensconced in an iridescent soap bubble, flying from my mouth. And I hardly ever wear dresses!

When I was a young girl, I didn’t know I could twirl. I didn’t know it was something that black girls could do. I honestly didn’t realize we could just go ahead and do it, not until I saw Lupita do it. I’m older than dirt now, and my best twirling days far behind me. But between the ages of 5 and 10, I wanted to twirl, carefree and with gusto. My twirl icons were Lynda Carter and Dorothy Hamill. Ok, Tootie from The Facts of Life could get a tight little circle together on her roller skates, but she was clumsy as hell. But I couldn’t flip my hair like the white women in the shampoo commercials, and sure as hell couldn’t twirl. Or so I thought. I let my unruly body and my unruly hair keep me from twirling. What a shame.

I’ll forever preach that REPRESENTATION MATTERS!! it always has and always will. Movies like Black Panther or Girls Night or actors like Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Chadwick, people who believe in the that representing matters for the future of actors of different colors do too matter and are beings that see a bigger picture. Zendaya and that girl from the movie where she couldn’t go outside(I can’t remember rn) can not just be the “black” actresses in Hollywood regardless if they are good or not. I love acting and everything about it I hope to be one one day, but I’ve never loved it until Viola Davis and I love her sm. #representationmatters #representation #violadavis #viola #kerrywashington #kerry #blackpanther #chadwickboseman #lupitanyongo #girlsnight #tiffanyhaddish #queens #kings #blackexcellence #melanin #melaninpoppin #melaninmagic #jadapinkettsmith #black #cinema #actors #actress #acting #denzelwashington #gabrielleunion

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L U P I T A 🧞‍♀️

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Today, there is some young black child looking at Lupita, seeing the impossible (I mean, how does she even? Black girl magic, I suppose), made possible. Representation matters, and I, for one, am all the way here for Lupita representing a flawlessly executed twirl that could put Cinderella, Wonder Woman, and the Mevlevi whirling dervishes, all to shame.

Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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