“But around me the preference for light skin prevailed, to the beholders that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until 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 actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”
"And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside,
that there is no shade in that beauty.”
- Lupita Nyong’o
Oscar Spotlight: 75 years ago, 1939, it is considered Hollywood’s Greatest Year. It was the year that Vivien Leigh & John Wayne became a household names, Greta Garbo laughed, Dorothy went over the rainbow, Heathcliff and Cathy’s tumultuous love story and the first African American win for Hattie McDaniel. A year worth remembering.
- Gone With the Wind (winner)
- Dark Victory
- Goodbye Mr. Chips
- Love Affair
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
- Of Mice and Men
- The Wizard of Oz
- Wuthering Heights
“Clementine,” photographed by Lady Hawarden Clementina (1822-65), 1864.
Vivien Leigh winning her Oscar for Gone with the Wind (1939)