I don't know if you watched the Oscars this past week, but BOY did Lupita Nyong'o shine. She is such a beautiful and inspiring woman. "12 Years a Slave" was her first feature film, and she won an oscar for best supporting actress. How cool.
Lupita accepted an award for Best Breakthrough Performance at the seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon hosted by Essence magazine. It was there she delivered this incredible message that every girl should hear. It inspired me a lot.
A quote that really hit me was " I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy " .
I think it is so true that every girl will go through the feeling of not being good/beautiful enough, and we can become comfortable with not loving ourselves, because in that we find safety. We can dwell upon our insecurities because it is easier to do that, than to overcome it with confidence. But it is so, so wrong.
Lupita's Mother told her, "You can't eat Beauty, it will not feed you." ..
"..Finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. And what my mother meant when she said you can't eat beauty was that you can't rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul."
Her speech has really challenged me this week, I encourage you to chew on these words.
You can watch her speech here.