Los Angeles, March 2 IANS | 10 months ago

Actress Lupita Nyong'o, who was teased for her "night-shaded skin", says she used to pray to god for a lighter skin during her adolescence.

The 31-year-old thought that having dark black skin was a curse, reports tmz.com.

Nyong'o was honoured with an award at the seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon recently.

The "12 Years A Slave" star says she was so ashamed she couldn't even look at herself in the mirror, and added: "Every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before."

She says supermodel Alek Wek helped boost her confidence because people like Oprah Winfrey praised her as a beautiful woman.

Nyong'o says she ultimately learned that beauty comes in all shades and hopes to be an inspiration to other young girls with similar concerns.

(Posted on 02-03-2014)

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