Lupita Nyong’o graces the cover of Vogue magazine for the second time in little more than a year and once again is stunning in the photo shoot. The actress, who stars in ‘Star Trek: The Force Awakens’ and who rose to fame with ’12 Years a Slave,’ shows yet again why she’s become a fashion icon and she has much to say in her interview.
The 32-year-old Kenyan actress graces the cover (which you can see below) yet again, and is stunning, yet again. Yes, she rose to fame a year and a half ago as she swept nearly every possible award — Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe, etc. — for her stunning portrayal of a slave woman in Steve McQueen’s similarly awarded and critically acclaimed ’12 Years a Slave,’ from the classic 19th century Solomon Northrup memoir of the same title.
And she went on to become a genuine trailblazing fashion icon, unabashedly speaking out about how white standards f beauty had impacted her, as a dark-skinned woman, throughout her life.
And, as they say, living well is the best revenge, and while it was a coup to be named was named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman, it was yet another honor to grace the cover of Vogue last year, it’s historic to get it now twice in little more than a year.
Now, as she hits the promo trail for the J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ we’ll be seeing the stunning actress once again. Working in a CGI-driven movie was a first for the Yale Drama School graduate and spoke about the filming of the movie, saying, “I really enjoyed the fact that you’re not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work. You can be a dragon. You can be anything.”
She went on to add, ““My training at Yale is the core of the actor that I am. Before that I was just going on instinct . . . having my imagination take over. But Yale taught me that it’s about giving yourself permission to pretend.”
She also opened up about preferences as an actress saying, ” I’m definitely attracted to more dramatic roles. I like playing characters that stretch me and that allow me to investigate humanity in a different way.”
As for her ancestry, which has sparked much curiosity, she said, “I definitely feel there’s a lot of America in me. The idea that you can be self-made is very vibrant in America. You can do anything that you want to do. That spirit pushes you on. But it took me leaving Kenya to really appreciate the glory of the place. Ultimately, I will always be a child of Kenya.
You can see Lupita Nyong’o’s Vogue magazine cover photo below along with the behind-the-scenes video. See the interview and the rest of the photos by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott here.
Pictures: PR Photos