Elmo tells Lupita Nyong'o her skin is a 'beautiful brown color'

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Sesame Street just released a video starring actress Lupita Nyong'o and Elmo discussing skin color.


“Elmo sees that Ms. Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color,” the famous red furry puppet tells Nyong'o.

“That’s the thing I love most about skin, Elmo,” Nyong'o replied. “Skin comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors.”

The 31-year-old Oscar winning actress has been open about not always thinking her skin color was beautiful.

"My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned,” Nyong'o said on stage at a 2013 luncheon hosted by Essence magazine.


“The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first,” Nyong'o said at Essence magazine's Women in Hollywood luncheon. “Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before."

The latest video uploaded to YouTube on Monday appears to have been shot earlier this year. Nyong'o is seen wearing the same outfit that she wore in another Sesame Street video published on May 4th, 2014.

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