Love this editorial shot by Mikael Jansson for Vogue magazine. The editorial captures Lupita –the most admirable woman on our screens at the moment- wearing her fiercest look with supermodel attitude. I’d say she looks stunning and delectable.
In little more than a year, Lupita Nyong’o has made the leap from serious student to Oscar-winning actress and head-turning fashion star.
Lupita Nyong’o is cucumber-cool, as beautiful and hieratic as an ancient Egyptian statue of a cat goddess, dressed in Prada’s magenta Deco-print dress licked with silver that is dazzling against her luminous skin. Lupita instinctively falls into graceful attitudes; she can’t help herself. “She knows the camera, she knows her angles,”
Nyong’o in the entrance hall of Marrakech’s exclusive Ksar Char-Bagh resort, a chic retreat tucked away in the city’s palm grove.
Nyong’o takes in the spice stalls in the medina. On the red carpet, she’s drawn to vibrant colors, architectural silhouettes, and interesting prints—ideas channeled by Proenza Schouler in their flock-printed cutout dress. Necklaces by Jonas
When she was growing up in Kenya, Nyong’o says, acting “wasn’t a viable career path. It’s not seen as a prestigious profession.”
Nyong’o at a private dipping pool atop one of Ksar Char-Bagh’s towers, which also boasts breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains.
“It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life,” Nyong’o says, here soaking in a rose-filled bathtub at the hotel El Fenn.
As she ponders her next role, focus and intensity remain Nyong’o’s most fiercely guarded qualities.
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In the meantime, she says, “I’m really hungry to get back onstage. It flexes muscles that you need to do the more subtle film work.” She is particularly keen on the writing of the actor-playwright Danai Gurira and loves her plays Eclipsed, about the Liberian civil war, and The Convert, set in southern Africa, about the birth of Christianity on the continent. Like her boyfriend, K’naan, she is very engaged by the myriad issues confronting their homelands.
She recently signed on to both coproduce—in partnership with Brad Pitt’s Plan B and two other partners—and star in an adaptation of Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel about the African immigrant experience, Americanah. “The book blew me away,” she says. “This was a project I wanted to work on, and I pursued it with all my being. It’s an unabashedly romantic book, really inspiring and uplifting. I found myself in her pages.”