Lupita Nyong’o is on roll to see the year in stylish fashion as she lands not one but two covers – all in day’s work. This morning saw the cover of Essence magazine unveiled online with the Kenyan actress glowing in a shimmering coral dress.

Nyong’o is currently performing in playwright and The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed, currently off-Broaday and heading to the Great White Way in February. The play is set during the Liberian civil war and looks at how the lives of five women are severely impacted by the ordeal. In the exclusive interview with Essence she talks about her stage work.


“I didn’t grow up seeing African women onstage very often, much less African women in African stories. I was in love with the world Danai created,” she says.

She also talks about her role as Maz Kanta in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Recalling how director J.J. Abrams brought her onboard, she says, “I was on the way to the beach and all of sudden J.J.’s on the phone. I asked to see the script and they flew someone to Morocco with the script so I could read it. I was immediately interested in the character. I like to get lost in the transformation and I felt like this character would offer me that.”

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Also today Lupita stunned once again – this time on the cover of the January 2016 edition of Elle UK – in a floral maxi from the Louis Vuitton Resort 2016 collection.

The gorgeous 12 Years a Slave actress and Lancôme’s first black ambassador speaks candidly about the challenges and stereotyping of ‘beauty’ in the acting industry.


‘If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself,’ she explained.


“And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”

Essence‘s January 2016 issue is on newsstands now. ELLE’s January issue is on sale from December 3.



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