Posted on December 8, 2015 at 5:12 am

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'Star Wars The Force Awakens' actress Lupita Nyongo felt invisible because of her skin color!

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o  who is all set to play a 100-year-old alien in the much awaited Star Wars the Force Awakens releasing on 25th December says that she didn’t see other dark-skinned women in the media, which made her feel invisible in the past!

Lupita Nyongo

While promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita said


“If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself. And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world,” she explains. “And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”

Actress Lupita Nyongo in Gucci at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
Actress Lupita Nyongo in Gucci at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.

“People would stop and take pictures of us just because we were black,” the 32-year-old revealed. “And it was a time during that tricky adolescent phase when you’re coming into yourself and you’re trying to pave your own way but you’re insecure about where you lie. It devastated me.”

Catch the actress as Star Wars The Force Awakens on 25th December 2015!!