10 Facts About Lupita Nyong’O From Her Vogue Cover Story

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The US Vogue had everyone talking about their July 2014 issue! And rightfully so since it has Lupita Nyong’o on the cover! The absolute sensation of this year’s Academy Awards, Lupita made her breakthrough in the very emotional movie ’12 Years a Slave’ for which she has received numerous nominations and awards.

But more importantly, for the fashion population, is the sensational fashion marathon Lupita keeps on winning Red Carpet after Red Carpet! Smart, graceful, poised and a perfect blend of dream and reality, Lupita is a model. A role model, a fashion model, an acting model. A game changing woman and professional. Here are 10 things she confessed to Hamish Bowles in her Vogue interview as sustained by fabulous Marrakech-shot imagery signed by photographer Mikael Jansson.

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See also: Mikael Jasson photographed Helen Mirren also for Vogue US!

1. Lupita Nyong’o felt unbeautiful

As stunning and as surreal as it may sound, Lupita had an ‘ugly duckling’ moment that lasted her throughout her life until… Alek Wek came along! The Sudanese model (currently living in NYC) changed the way Lupita felt about herself, helping her discover her inner blooming flower, back in the nineties when Alek was strutting the catwalks of the world with her incredibly gracious demarche.

Lupita Nyong o Vogue cover July 2014

2. Lupita Nyong’o is a Lancome ambassador

Next to her acting duties, Lupita was named ambassador for one of the most prestigious cosmetics brands in the world. Lancome proudly enlisted a handful of unique, talented, famous women to promote their beauty products: Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, although curiously minimalistic, all swear by Lancome’s cosmetics.

Miakel Jansson pictorial Lupita Nyong o Vogue

See also: Lupita is also known for her quirky hairstyle!

3. Lupita Nyong’o designed many of her teen clothes, including her prom dress

Because it was, as she said, ‘cheaper [to design your own clothes] than buying retail’ ones, Lupita went to her prom dressed in something she designed herself: ‘a velvet miniskirt with a matching little top and an iridescent silver translucent fabric that flowed to the ground’.

Lupita Nyong O Marrakech photographed for Vogue

4. Lupita Nyong’o’s stylist is Micaela Erlanger

She was introduced to Micaela by Michelle Dockery (with whom Lupita worked in Non Stop) and they prepared those fabulous Red Carpet promotional looks together, as well as the ones Lupita wore during the awards season. 28-year old Micaela is also styling Olivia Munn and Winona Ryder and she credits Annabel Tollman (stylist to MK & Ashley Olsen and Scarlet Johansson) for teaching her everything she knows.

Lupita Nyong o stylist Micaela Erlanger

Lupita is close to her stylist, Micaela Erlanger (right on the cover of THR, right on a plane heading to Paris)

See also: The beautiful custom Prada dress worn by Lupita at this year’s Oscars!

5. Lupita Nyong’o is on Pinterest

Although she didn’t disclose her account’s anchor, she did admit to prepping for the first meeting with her stylist by gathering a considerable load of colorful, inspiring pictures from Pinterest!

Lupita Nyong O Vogue July 2014 pictorial Marrakech

6. Lupita Nyong’o thinks the Red Carpet is a war zone

Although she looks perfectly calm and serene every time she walks before the paparazzi crowds, Lupita thinks that sustaining their flashes is just like being before the firing squad.

Lupita Nyong o Vogue July 2014 Mikael Jansson

7. Lupita Nyong’o has a boyfriend

Because it’s the kind of thing you confess to a fashion magazine, Lupita said that she and Somali-born rapper K’naan are a couple (right now). K’naan and her are very involved in their respective homelands issues. Although she likes to keep her private life ‘indoors in my world’, Lupita admitted she likes to cook ‘whole fish [and] mean salads’.

Lupita Nyong O Vogue pictorial Mikael Jansson

8. Lupita Nyong’o’s name is derived from a Kenyan word meaning ‘to follow’

Lupita’s family had to flee their native Kenya because of political troubles. Lupita was born in Mexico and her name is a play on their adoptive country’s specificities and the Luo culture – ‘luo’ means ‘to follow’ in the Kenyan’s tribe dialect.

Lupita Nyong o taking a bath Vogue

9. Lupita Nyong’o first acting guide was Ralph Fiennes

Lupita had worked on the set of The Constant Gardener where she confided in its star, Ralph Fiennes. She told him about her passion for acting and Mr. Fiennes told her to pursuit this path only if it was something she ‘couldn’t live without’. The abrupt wisdom made Lupita distance herself from acting.

Lupita Nyong O Vogue July 2014 pictorial

10. Lupita Nyong’o cried for an hour after watching 12 Years a Slave

Yes, Lupita is not only an incredibly gifted actress, but she’s also human. After seeing the movie she had starred in, she was ‘inconsolable. I wept for an hour’


#1 Adriana V on 06.25.14 at 10:05 am

Love the shoot, especially the sofa and bathtub photos and the one the market, oh well, I like them all!: :)
The Marrakech atmosphere reminds of Yves Saint Laurent. It could be a bit of an homage to Yves himself who worked a lot a with models of colour.
I truly hope Lupita is here to stay as a respected actress more so than model of the day or the most stylish woman of the 2014 Red Carpet Award shows. For now her upcoming parts look promising so I wish her all the best as an actor, director, writer.

#2 kpriss on 06.26.14 at 11:01 am

So did I – like them all! The colorful combos, the settings, the way Lupita looks, serene and smart, witty and stylish, elegant and just… beautiful in each and every one of them! She’s so effortlessly eloquent, inspired and inspiring!

Yes, it could be an homage to Yves as well, you make a great point! (and I’m so thankful they didn’t went for Leibovitz or Meisel for this issue!)

#3 Diyana on 06.27.14 at 2:32 am

I’m dreaming, watching those pictures, especially as a big fan of Lupita, Yves Saint Laurent and Al Maghreb “Morocco”. I was thinking that she should go back to acting, its where I want her to succed! Of course every once and while I want to see her on covers and delivering amazing editorials like those.

#4 kpriss on 06.28.14 at 10:24 am

crossing my fingers for that Diyana! I think she’s amazingly talented as an actress! (although this editorial is just – sigh – dreamy!)

#5 jacqui on 07.01.14 at 7:50 am

Lupita totally deserves this cover – kudos to her. My only complaint is – Morocco again! Why is the fashion industry so stagnant in its imagination for fashion shoots?
Lets hope her Hollywood wave lasts a while….

#6 kpriss on 07.01.14 at 1:34 pm

I think it’s more political than fashion-related…

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