If winning an Oscar for her first role wasn’t enough, Lupita Nyong’o can add another honor to her list of awards. The “12 Years A Slave” breakout star (and our beauty idol) was named People Magazine‘s “Most Beautiful Person”! Kerry Washington, Paula Patton and Gabrielle Union also join Lupita on the annual list.
“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” she said to People. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on (it) and feel a little more seen.”
We all know Lupita is beautiful to begin with, but the star admitted to People that she once went blonde in hopes of finding a look that works for her. “It was very strange and very cold,” she said. “It was scary, but I like to dare myself.” Now that she’s rocking her natural hair proudly, Lupita says she appreciates the compliments that don’t just focus on her looks on the red carpet. The best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on and also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress.”
The Oscar award winner has been having an amazing year since winning the prestigious title of “Best Supporting Actress.” From scoring a major makeup deal with Lancome to her (possibly) working on a film with Beyonce’s favorite author, Lupita’s star is only continuing to rise. We wonder what’s next for the star?
Check out Lupita’s best 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)