Netflix to adapt Lupita Nyong’o children's book ‘Sulwe’ as animated musical

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Los Angeles, Feb 19 (PTI) Hollywood star Lupita Nyong'o's 2019 children's book about colorism and self-love, “Sulwe,” will be adapted as an animated musical on Netflix.

Written by Nyong’o with illustrations by Vashti Harrison, the book follows Sulwe, a child who has skin darker than anyone she knows and all she wants is to be beautiful and bright.

The book focuses on colorism, self-esteem and learning that true beauty comes from within.

“The story of Sulwe is one that is very close to my heart. Growing up, I was uncomfortable in my dark skin. I rarely saw anyone who looked like me in the aspirational pages of books and magazines, or even on TV. It was a long journey for me to arrive at self-love,' Nyong’o said in a statement to Variety.

The 37-year-old Oscar-winning actor will serve as a producer on the film.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in October 2019, 'Sulwe' was a New York Times bestseller. PTI SHD SHD