Last year we saw Lupita Nyong’o career explode with her appearance in her first feature film, ’12 Years a Slave.’ This year, the actress was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the role.
The 31-year-old actress has just been named People’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2014!
Speaking to the magazine about her incredible accolade, the actress explained when she grew up she thought the definition of beauty was ‘light skin and flowing, straight hair’.
But she’s proud of her achievement, adding: [My mother] always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point.’
She said she was excited for the news to be announced, not just for her benefit, but for all the young girls in the world: ‘All the girls who would see me … and feel a little more seen.’
The Oscar winner is also the face of Lancôme Paris, and has a busy time ahead as she’s rumoured to be taking a role in thriller Who Shot The Sherriff.
The beauty also confessed to being a tom boy at a young age.
‘I would never look in the mirror, never, ever,’ she said. ‘One day my mother actually dragged me and made me look at myself and said, “Look, you are ashy! You need some lotion!”‘
Turns out the Yale graduate did have some beauty issues. ‘I had very patchy, rashy skin, mainly on my face,’ she said. ‘My mother found some remedy in Madagascar, like herbs in a vial. Oh, it smelled terrible – but it worked.’
Nyong’o also admitted to experimenting with her hair many times, even going bald once. ‘It was very strange and very cold,’ she commented. ‘I was just curious. It was scary, but I like to dare myself.’
Here’s People’s Top 10!
1. Lupita Nyong’o
2. Keri Russell
3. Jenna Dewan-Tatum
4. Mindy Kaling
6. Amber Heard
7. Gabrielle Union
8. Molly Sims
9. Stacy Keibler
10. Kerry Washington