Lupita Nyong’o Graces Cover of Vanity Fair

Captured by photographer Jackie Nickerson Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o shows raw beauty at it's finest.

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.

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Clothing and earring by Louis Vuitton. Throughout: Hair products by Vernon François; makeup by Lancôme. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE NICKERSON; STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR.

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.’ ”

Related: Lupita Nyong’o for Miu Miu Spring Collection

Clothing by 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli; earrings by Irene Neuwirth. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE NICKERSON; STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR.

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Clothing by BALENCIAGA; boots by HUNTER; rings by Tiffany & Co. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE NICKERSON; STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR
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Lupita Nyong’o in the gardens of the Pleasantdale Château, in West Orange, New Jersey.
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PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE NICKERSON; STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR.
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Clothing by 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli; earrings by Irene Neuwirth. PHOTOGRAPH BY JACKIE NICKERSON; STYLED BY SAMIRA NASR.

Styling: Samira Nasr
Beauty: hair stylist Vernon François
Makeup: Nick Barose
Manicurist: Deborah Lippmann

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