Award-winning actress and filmmaker, Lupita Nyong’o takes Vogue Magazine on a quest to her native village in Kenya wearing the season’s hottest prints from Givenchy Chloe, and Roberto Cavalli to Duro Olowu, Prada and Missoni. We love her so much because, not only does she represent for our talented community of color, but she really takes the time to utilize her platform to bring awareness to our society’s twisted standards of beauty. She continues to highlight the lack of opportunities available because of it, while finding ways to encourage and uplift our young girls. She told Vogue editor, Elizabeth Ruben that she wants to “Create Opportunities for People of Color” and we are all for it! She also said that she was delighted to have seen Alek Wek broaden beauty ideals in the 1990’s.
Lupita’s debut in 12 Years a Slave literally pushed her career into overdrive and she became an instant fashion and beauty icon. Named “The Most Beautiful Woman” by People Magazine and becoming the face of both Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co. were small accomplishments compared to being only the second African woman (and ninth black woman) to cover Vogue Magazine in 2014! We will keep striving to to see more men and women like “us” in the mainstream media!
“And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade in that beauty.” ~ Lupita Nyong’o
Photography: Mario Testino
Stylist: Tonne Goodman
Hairstyloist: Vernon François
Makeup: Nick Barose