From Patsey to Princess: Why Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar Win Makes Black Women Proud

“Mixed skin is beautiful—it tells a story, but why is it the only marker of beauty black people can claim?”

In her first article for, Politini’s very own Danielle Moodie-Mills wrote a personal piece about what actress Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar win meant for her, and for many dark skinned girls across the world. Recalling her past experiences of being teased and taunted because of the color of her skin, Moodie-Mills shines light on Lupita’s win as a new marker, new aspiration, and a flawless new face for everyone from older women to younger girls of darker complexions to look up to.

“I can remember being on a school bus in suburban New York headed to elementary school in what I thought was my most fashionable second-grade outfit—red beret, cape, and patent-leather shoes. I walked onto the bus feeling every inch the runway model—only to be greeted by taunts and referred to as “Aunt Jemima.”

READ: From Patsey to Princess: Why Lupita Nyong’o Makes Black Women Proud