Lupita Nyong’o covers the July 2014 issue of Vogue Magazine! The 12 Years of Slave, Oscar winning actress, who also recently secured the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, is riding the wave of being the it girl and we’re sure she has many more Vogue covers to come. In the article she talks about her family and upbringing in Kenya, how fame has impacted her life and … The beautiful photos were shot in Marrakesh, Morocco with photographer Mikael Jansson. Vogue is aptly in love with Lupita just as much as we are as they fawn over her gracefulness:
Lupita instinctively falls into graceful attitudes; she can’t help herself. “She knows the camera, she knows her angles,” notes an approving Phyllis Posnick, Vogue’s Executive Fashion Editor, who, it should be noted, does not suffer fools gladly but is in some kind of awe of this particular subject.
On her escalating fame and notoriety:
It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me—before I recognized them!
On her family’s influence:
[Her father] let it be noted, an actor manqué, with a passion for Shakespeare, instilling in his daughter, along with her five siblings, an appetite for performance since childhood. “My family is very close-knit,” she explains. “My aunt, who was an actor herself, would get all us children together to write and perform plays. I loved manipulating my parents’ emotions.”
One winning an Oscar:
…very confusing, very numbing. I was just repeating my name in my head, so I didn’t know whether I had said my name or they had said my name! And then my little brother screamed, and time was suspended and it was just noise in my head. “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.
Congrats to Lupita on the cover and spread, she’s stunning!