Lupita Nyong'o has become an icon of fashion, beauty and professionalism. After winning the Oscar for her great performance in the film 12 Years a Slave, in 2013, the actress has continued to bring a positive message based on the true meaning of beauty and African culture. In an interview for Vogue magazine, in which she will be on the October cover, the actress talks about her passion for creating opportunities for people of color and how their latest characters in Disney’s film Queen of Katwe and the Broadway musical, Eclipsed, are an example of this.
“I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that,” she said in the interview for Vogue. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”said the actress.
When Lupita got the call for Queen of Katwe, where she plays the mother of Phiona, a girl who manages to be part of the chess elite, she knew it was the opportunity to tell another story of her culture and open doors for those in need. "“To play a mother of four in Uganda, a formidable mother who has so much working against her, was so compelling to me. It wasn’t something I thought I’d be asked to do”—at least not by Hollywood., " she said about her character. “The fact that it was based on a true story, an uplifting story out of Africa. . . . Oh, my goodness, all my dreams were coming true in that script.” she said about the beauty of telling a story about the place where she lived and reflects part of her essence.
Lupita has an incredible love for her home. For the interview, the actress visited her family in Kenya. The lens of the camera captured her grace in magical moments she spent dancing, cooking her favorite food and showing her natural beauty.For Lupita to have that confidence to love their skin color was not easy, and therefore, her message is also for African women. “The European sense of beauty affects us all,” confessed the mexican born actress. “I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi.” she continued.
The 33 year old was born in Mexico City and moved to Kenya when she was just one year old. From a young age she showed that cheerful and elegant soul, and although at first she denied to herself the idea that she wanted to be an actress, it was after graduating from Yale that fame came thanks to her performance in the film 12 Years a Slave. In 2014 she was chosen as the most beautiful woman in the world by People magazine, making it clear once again that any woman can be beautiful. No doubt Lupita will remain a model for the world, and his second appearance on the big screen will be a test of that. "Because I grew up in Africa, I understand that we are more than war and famine and wildlife," she said. "My childhood opened me to the world. I had a very multicultural upbringing, so I know we have a lot to offer. We have a lot to offer to the world of cinema."