We’re super giddy for everyone’s new favorite actress and style icon Lupita Nyong’o. We noticed the “12 Years a Slave” star last fall as she started to wow red carpets near and far, and we knew she was one to watch. Now that award season is in full swing we, and anyone else that appreciates grace and style, can’t get enough of the 30-year-old Kenyan beauty.
For those of you not familiar with her background, here’s a little info that we gathered from around the web (Wikipedia and IMDb). Lupita was born in Mexico City, where at the time, her father, a Kenyan senator, worked as a visiting professor. Her family moved back to their native Kenya shortly after her birth. She attended university in the United States at Hampshire College where she graduated with a degree in Theatre and Film studies. After college, she worked on several high profile productions including “The Constant Gardener” and “The Namesake”. In 2009 she penned and directed “In My Genes”, a documentary that recounts the treatment of albinos in Kenya. Lupita then went on to attend Yale School of Drama’s acting program. It was after graduating that she was cast as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave”, for which she delivered a stellar performance, and for which she has received several nominations for best supporting actress including the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Academy Award and the SAG and Critics Awards which she has already brought home.
Inspiring, right? She’s drop-dead gorgeous, outstandingly talented and has an incredible sense of style. Our kind of pretty bird. Even Miuccia Prada has fallen for her elegance, casting her in Miu Miu’s SS14 ad campaign among other young Hollywood beauties like Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. And not to mention the slew of stunning editorials like the ones from Dazed and Confused and Vogue America that we used for our cover image. Each image shows a poised, naturally beautiful young woman with an amazing physique, who knows how to wear a dress and to shine. And let’s not forget how she owns the red carpet! The white bandeau Calvin Klein, the red Ralph Lauren, the turquoise Gucci floral stunner. Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, the girl is on fire… There is so much to love about her, and that’s why we’re giddy! Please enjoy the gallery!!!!