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Actress Lupita Nyong’o, the Golden Globe nominee who blew audiences away with her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” is making her “Vogue” debut in the January 2014 issue (on newsstands Dec. 23)!

In addition to captivating Hollywood on the big screen, the striking beauty has captured the fashion industry’s hearts with a parade of gorgeous gowns and makeup looks on the red carpet , so it’s no wonder the fashion Bible named her “One to Watch in 2014,” their annual best-dressed list!

READ MORE: 10 Standout Style Tips From Lupita Nyong’o

The dynamic  star previously revealed to “Vogue” in their “The Backstory” series that she had wanted to be an actress since the age of 5, but what really made her go for it was watching the “The Color Purple.”  ” When I saw Whoopi Goldberg and she looked like me…I was like ‘oh, I could do this! I  could do this for a living,” she said, adding, “That’s when I feel it really became a bug.”

We love that! And just imagine how many more Black girls will feel beautiful and feel like they too, can pursue their dreams of being on fashion pages or on the big screen after watching Lupita work! Get into her striking “Vogue” shoot  above and see the actress talk more about her early years in the United States in the video below:

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