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Why did Esther not reveal her nationality to the king?

Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Mordecai had forbidden her to do so. Esther 2:10
But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.  Esther 2:20
            Esther won the heart of the king because of her beauty, but kept the secret of her nationality because the Jews were considered slaves to the Persians and of a lower status than the people.  Her nationality could have kept her out of the running and, thus, not in a position later on to save the Jews from extinction.
            It doesn’t appear she lied, just never confirmed or denied her nationality.  Her beauty so enamored the people, it never seemed to matter.