“Lupita, hope uko poa! Umekata weight vibaya sana, I hope everything is okay with you!”
Lupita Nyong’o mesmerized the audience at the premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding at St. Ann’s Warehouse, stealing the spotlight not only with her stunning sari but also with an extraordinary henna tattoo adorning her bald head.
The detailed pattern, which Nyong’o shared on her Instagram, swiftly spread like wildfire, captivating many fans and Kenyans were not left behind as some noticed she has changed a lot.
Renowned for her unique fashion sense and fearless decisions, Nyong’o divulged the backstory of her attention-grabbing appearance via an Instagram post.
“THE STORY OF MY HEAD”
“I met @hennabysabeen last year at a wedding in Pakistan. She did the #HennaDesign for the bride and I was ASTOUNDED by the INTRICACY and BEAUTY of her work. There was something unique about the way she expressed herself in henna art. And I promised myself, “One day I will have a reason to work with Sabeen.” Lupita narrates.
The Black Panther star reveals she made the decision to complete a look.
“1.5 years later, when I got the invitation to attend the opening night of my dear friend, Mira Nair’s @monsoonmusical, I was scrambling at the last minute to find something to wear. I borrowed a sari and jewelry from @mishajapanwala, the bride from Pakistan, but the look didn’t feel complete.”
This is the first time both tried with such an experiment she adds further. And in the dark of the night, the idea excited her mind even more.
“And then, in the middle of the night, an image SHOT into my mind of a henna design covering my bald head!!! I could do something special and different, to celebrate the culture using the canvas readily available to me! I was so excited by the idea that I could not go back to sleep. Misha connected me to Sabeen, and we were ON OUR WAY!”
As usual, netizens have shared their concerns over the look saying it’s off in a Biblical way. Some say she’s lost weight and things just look off since she unleashed her bald style.
“We were both excited and terrified. What if it went wrong or looked funny??? Well, I thought, I can always wear a head wrap.”
“So the moral of this story is: DARE YOURSELF TO SEEK OUT BEAUTY IN NEW WAYS. And, Sabeen, thank you for bestowing on me the beauty of your hand and history!” She says.
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