Earlier this year during Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Lupita Nyong’o credited supermodel Alex Wek for exemplifying a standard of beauty which gave Lupita a boost confidence in herself.
In conjunction with being named People’s Most Beautiful for 2014, the magazine arranged for Lupita to meet her icon and the two sat down for a beautiful chat.
After a few words of praise from Alek, Lupita gushed:
“I just remember seeing you on the cover of a magazine, and I don’t even know what magazine it was, but like there was no apology in you. You were just who you were and that was — because never seen that before, It was just like ‘How is this working? That she’s just who she is and she’s on the cover of these magazines?’ I’ve never seen anyone — like me — on the cover.
This is really a dream come true sitting here with you and talking about beauty and character. I know you never knew I existed until I came onto the scene with this thing, but I think that’s the wonderful thing about being in some sort of public eye.
You can affect and inspire other people without knowing it. Your work is done and you have no idea. That’s really powerful. So thankful for doing that for me.”
What an incredible full-circle moment!