Was Lupita Nyongo’s “beauty” a personal struggle or social award?


In Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault writes that the asylum sets itself the task of homogenous rule of morality, its rigorous extension to all those who tend to escape from it” (Foucault 258). Out of the curiosity about ideological shifts between his time of writing and my time of living, I embarked on a modern experiment on the homogenous rule of normalcy in beauty and its subtle method of extending its impact within and through our habits. In order to consider the validity of Foucault’s claim within this time, I followed the trending topic of Lupita Nyong’O’s Oscar award and checked each status for the words “black”  and “woman” ,of which I found 17/30 and 30/30 statuses respectively.

Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, has been critically acclaimed for her beauty and style: Recently, she won an Oscar for her role in Twelve years a slave. 

Lupita Nyong’O at the 2014 Oscar…

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