An Ever Regal Lupita Nyong’o Is Vogue’s Star Girl

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Before we start talks on her new movie “Queen of Katwe” and her return to her motherland Kenya, lets take out time to appreciate Lupita in select divine prints from this season’s hottest collection . With designs from the likes of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chloe, Duro Olowu, Cult Gaia, Akris, Kiki Clothing, Valentino, Prada, Missoni and that stunning Chanel number on the actual cover, Lupita stuns gloriously in pages of the october issue photographed by Mario Testino. The head gears are becoming quite signatory to Miss Nyong’o too and I for one am totally feeling it !

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In the cover story, Lupita Nyong’o sits to an exclusive with Vogue’s Elizabeth Rubin where as they journey down to her hometown where she sheds light on breaking down beauty standards, being a voice for Africans, wanting to create opportunities for people of color and lots more . As she awaits the release of her new movie “Queen Of Katwe” the story of a young chess prodigy from Uganda, she says :

“There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on. I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.” She continues. “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice, I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”

In this interview, Lupita responds to the assumption that her dark skin will pose a challenge for her in Hollywood as Rubin makes reference to an article written in 2014  “In Lupita’s case I think she has two-and-half, three years.” said a certain talent agent . Lupita addresses it as thus :

“I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady,” she says, referring to the talent agent. “She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry.” She throws out her arms. “I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition.” She shakes her head. “I can’t think like that.”

There’s a silence. “I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that. I realize that with what I shared at the Essence awards.”

By that, she was referring to her remarkable oration at  Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in 2014, where she poetically laid out her personal experience with American beauty standards and gave a nod to model Alek Wek. In similar fashion, Lupita tells Vogue:

“The European sense of beauty affects us all,” she says abruptly. “I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi. Being called ‘black mamba.’ The slow burn of recognizing something else is better than you.”

“Alek Wek changed how dark people saw themselves. That I could do the same in a way for somebody somewhere is amazing,” Lupita says, bounding out of her chair, talking about the benefit of having visibility and influence. She is the first black woman, for example, to have landed a Lancôme contract. “There is no point in getting your picture taken if it doesn’t move somebody.” Her eyes widen. “Right?”

Read Lupita’s full interview and see a matchless video of Nyong’o in her family’s home Here.

Abiodun Odusola
abiodunodusola@ymail.com

Creative Writer. Nature's Muse.

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