Lupita Nyong’o People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman
Lupita’s Interview on The Today Show [Recap]
On the PEOPLE cover
It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.
What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to being on the cover of this magazine. I mean, you could have never told me that that would happen when I was 16 and insecure about my complexion. I hope it means something to more than just me, to people like me who feel unbeautiful in whatever skin they’re in.
She describes what she use to think was “beauty”
Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.[…][My mother] always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.
On shaving her head
It was very strange and very cold! It was scary but I like to dare myself.
On when she gets complimented the most
…when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.
She tells an interesting story
I was sitting, getting my haircut. Someone passed by and peered in and said, ‘You’re really beautiful,’ and I said, ‘Thank you.’ And he said, ‘You know that girl in 12 Years a Slave? That actress? You look just like her.’ I said, ‘Thank you so much. I was like, ‘That is an interesting scenario.’ But I liked that.