Is Lupita Nyong’o having the best year ever? We think so. Aside from starring in (and winning an Oscar for) her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita has now officially been bestowed the title of People’s “Most Beautiful” for 2014 — including her own cover of People!
“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” Lupita says.
And although she’s obviously gorgeous inside and out today, she wasn’t always so self-confident. As a little girl growing up in Kenya, Lupita thought the people she saw on TV were beautiful, not her.
“Light skin and long, flowing blonde hair,” Lupita says. “Subconsciously, you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” But now, because of the qualities Lupita has, she’s conquering her craft, one award winning movie at a time.
Aside from being recognized for her indisputable beauty, Lupita has also taken on Lancome. She’s the new face of their latest campaign, proving she’s here to stay. Watch out, world: Lupita’s taking over!
“I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” the 31-year-old actress said.
Do you agree with People’s choice, or would you have selected a different recipient?