A series of unstoppable congratulations are well-deserved for the 31-year-old actress Lupita Nyong’o. Her stunning accomplishments this year have been described as meteoric, unique, and inspiring. The new celebrity’s spontaneous rise to stardom is both special and without a doubt a sure-fire sign of a total champion. To add to her chain of honors and awards, it was released today that People’s magazine has named the adept and demure actress, Lupita Nyong’o, their winner for this year’s “Most Beautiful Woman.” Recognizing her beauty was not easy for her though. She said it took her quite some time to learn she was beautiful.
In her own words, the quick-to-fame actress said the honor to be on People’s cover for their 25th anniversary issue as “Most Beautiful Woman” was a “major, major compliment.” She also added that she never dreamed the magazine would choose her. Due to what she was exposed to on the television as a young woman, the accomplished actress explained to People that she assimilated beauty with lighter skin and hair that was long, flowing and straight. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess,” she said. However, Nyong’o now attributes her belief in her own beauty to her mother, Dorothy, who “always said I was beautiful, and I finally believed her at some point.”
In accordance with the “most beautiful woman’s” trademark humility, she says: “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.” All of the actress’s accomplishes of late have made her a very visible persona in the media. From gracing award show stages and red carpet runways to having her face on the cover of national magazines, the beauty also joined forces with Lancome Paris this month as an ambassador for their cosmetics line.
Nyong’o was born to Kenyan parents in Mexico city, however she was raised in Nairobi. In addition to her celebrity acclaim, the young beauty attended the Yale School of Drama. Despite her classic training, she was an unknown actress when she landed her Oscar-winning role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave as Patsey. Her portrayal of Patsey earned her nominations at the Golden Globes and BAFTA, and she also won “Best Supporting Actress” at the SAG Awards, the Spirit Awards, as well as the Oscars.
Above and beyond her elegant and flawless gallantry in wardrobe and poise, Nyong’o navigated the awards circuit with the articulation of a seasoned winner and the blush of honor. Her acceptance speeches were humble, heartfelt, and globally-minded without being overwrought. She was able to showcase her grace, her intellect, and her spirit with aplomb.
It is not too difficult to imagine what might be next for the budding star, but since her award wins, Nyong’o has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and will be represented by Hylda Queally. Such selective representation was a smart move on her part. The agency also represents many other notable high-profile foreign leading ladies, such as Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet–both winners of multiple awards themselves.
Deciding on Nyong’o for the cover was a no-brainer for People. According to the editorial director, there was no debate this time and everyone in the room was on board with this particular actress. “The way she carries herself with such grace and such humility, I think it’s what put her over the top,” he remarked. Well done, Lupita. Now, whenever there is ever any more doubt regarding her personal beauty, she will have a title, among many other praises, to convince herself.
Opinion by Stacy Feder