Lupita Nyong’o keeps on winning!
The Oscar-winning actress and new face of Lancome landed herself on the cover of PEOPLE magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ double issue.
“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old says of gracing this year’s cover. And especially, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”
Born in Mexico, Lupita tells her story of how she always equated beauty with the imagery she saw on television.
“Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”
She also credits her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, for helping her realize her true beauty.
“[My mother] always said I was beautiful,” Nyong’o adds. “And I finally believed her at some point.”
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“when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.”
Congrats to Lupita for earning the cover. We can’t wait to pick up our issue!