Lupita Nyong’o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood Award

Best speech I’ve heard in a long time. Very touching and equally upsetting. I’m sure this has made the rounds already, but watch, listen, and learn. It is so important for young women and girls to have confidence in themselves and the way they look. While beauty should not be the most important thing, it does have an immense impact on our self-confidence and in turn can affect our success and quality of life. Everyone is beautiful, some in different ways than others, and it is important for individuals to recognize this within themselves.


Lately I have made an effort to check out dieting blog posts in search of suggestions, recipes, and what people do to see results. What I have discovered horrifies me.

The majority of posts track the progress of relatively normal people following the standard type of healthy eating routine involving lean proteins, vegetables, and low fat dairy. From what I have learned over the past few months, this is not ideal; however, it is deemed healthy by the general public and I have no further comments.

Then there are a bunch attempting various fad diets that are not sustainable nor healthy. One blogger even ate two hot dogs and eggs for lunch. Not a single vegetable for the entire day. Talk about cholesterol overload. One of the worst things you can do for your body is feed it cholesterol. But that was the least upsetting of the posts.

Roughly a handful of blog posts involved women struggling with severe body issues, non-existent self-esteem, eating disorders and a perverted ideal as to what is sexy and beautiful. Many of them posted photos of obscenely skinny models, the runway type, with negative captions stating things along the lines of, “I’ll never be that skinny,” “she is so beautiful and I am disgusting,” etc. All of these women are beautiful, but society has distorted their image of beauty and created a unnatural and unhealthy standard.

Posts also talked about binging and purging, how it feels good and is necessary. There are comments back and forth between blogger on the best strategies for these eating disorders. These posts are a horrible influence on any readers with emotional or food related issues as well as a destructive means of self-expression. Living and blogging in a world of nothing but self-hate, unhealthy actions, and negativity is oppressive and is harmful to yourself and to your readers.

What these bloggers lack is a very simple truth. Success comes with love.

It is a process of self-acceptance and embracing your strengths that will allow you to grow as a person and achieve whatever goals you have set forth. To lose weight you must love your body, care for you body, give it the proper fuel in order for it to heal and transform into who you want to become.

While it is no easy feat to overcome the delusions of society, it is possible to achieve our goals by finding balance within ourselves, mind, body and spirit. It begins with recognizing that we have the potential and can get to where we want to be by simply following a healthy routine of whole, plant-based foods, loving our bodies, and taking care of our souls.

I realize that eating disorders are serious conditions that should not be taken lightly and I mean no offense to any specific individual or group of individuals. We all have the right to say what we want how we want.