When referencing “12 Years A Slave” breakout star Lupita Nyong’o, the words: beautiful, gorgeous and flawless often follow her name. She represents much more than just a Black woman on the rise, but a particular group of women, who have sun-kissed dark skin who’ve been shunned out of the mainstream.
Lupita’s rise to fame has a lot to do with her style, her acting skills (of course) and her rich chocolatey skin. With award season in full bloom, and Lupita up for the honor of “Best Supporting Actress,” “BET Takes Hollywood” caught up with the rising star, who dished on how her image has helped empower other women who look like her.
“The thing about having your image projected on many screens all over the world is that your image becomes something bigger than you, it has a life of its own. And that life is inspiring young, dark-skinned or any complexion people to see beauty differently is a powerful thing.”
Catch Lupita’s full interview on “BET Takes Hollywood” that airs directly following BET Honors on Monday, February 24 at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT.
Want more Lupita? Check out her most fierce magazine covers:
1. Lupita Nyong'o's Fiercest Photoshoots & Covers
Lupita Nyoung'o's face is gracing more magazine covers by the minute, and we don't mind. To applaud "The 12 Years A Slave" award-winning actress' stylish moves, we've compiled the beauty's dynamic covers so far. Don't worry, though, we're expecting more.
2. Glamour Magazine
The breakout star is named as a "Woman Of The Year" by Glamour Magazine.
3. People Magazine
The superstar is named 2014's 'Most Beautiful Person' in People Magazine's April issue and we're definitely not surprised! (http://bit.ly/1i93Ktf)
4. Marie Claire
The Oscar-winning star made it on the May 2014 cover of "Marie Claire." Isn't she glowing?!
5. Entertainment Weekly
The star was with Cate Blanchett on the Feb. 28 cover. "On the cover of @EntertainmentWeekly with the great and beautiful Cate Blanchett, a woman whose work and style I ADORE. #12YearsASlave #CateBlanchett #BlueJasmine"
6. Miu Miu Campaign
The star offered her supermodel looks to the famous Italian brand (http://bit.ly/1nqIIF9).
7. New York Magazine
Donning a red Stella McCartney, Lupita graces the Spring Fashion issue. She posted the cover on her Instagram, slaying all of us in her wake.
8. W Magazine
Lupita's first major glossy cover shows off her beautiful smile on the February cover.
Lupita made her debut in Vogue in their January 2014 issue. Okay, it's not a cover (yet!), but we know the legendary glossy has their eye on the prize. At least, we hope (http://bit.ly/1kmsONk)
10. Dazed & Confused
Lupita rocks this yellow Prada dress on the magazine's February issue that's killing us softly.
11. DuJour Magazine
The lovely actress covers the Winter 2013 cover that capped off the end of last year with a bang.
12. Hollywood Reporter
Lupita sits pretty on the November 2013 cover with Amy Adams, Oprah, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson and Octavia Spencer. This issue was released a month after "12 Years A Slave" hit theaters and was one of Lupita's first U.S. covers.
13. Vanity Fair
The reputable publication's 20th annual Hollywood March issue was viewed by many as a great leap in diversity, considering Lupita, Idris Elba and Michael B. Jordan were featured. We do have a slight issue with Lupita being on the fold-out, though (http://bit.ly/1cOiWcJ)