The beautiful Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o graces the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. After 12 Years A Slave the African actress reached new heights of success in movies like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Us, Black Panther, Queen of Katwe, Little Monsters, and more.
Vanity Fair magazine sat down with Lupita Nyong’o for an interview and cover story.
“In Black Panther, I felt that the African experience was allowed to exist aspirationally. I think it’s more common in America to hear of the struggle of black people than it is to hear of the success. It’s more of a sensation to have a headline about a struggle, you know? ‘Lupita Shunned by People for Her Hair Texture.’ The struggle through having dark skin is clickbait. So when Black Panther came along…it was so refreshing to work on an African narrative that did not lead with the struggle of being African.” – Nyong’o for Vanity Fair.
“What struck me was her absolute readiness,” says Nyong’o’s 12 Years costar Sarah Paulson, who played the abusive Mistress Epps. “Lupita was the personification of destiny. I also don’t think I had ever seen a face filled with so much light—she is the definition of ‘lit from within.’ ”
Styling: Samira Nasr
Beauty: hair stylist Vernon François
Makeup: Nick Barose
Manicurist: Deborah Lippmann