"I finally realized that beauty was not a thing I could acquire or consume. It was something I just had to be...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...So I hope my presence on your screens and in 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. There is no shade in that beauty."
~ Lupita Nyong'o, speaking at Essence's Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon