“Pose like a trophy when Naomi’s walk in. She need an Oscar for that pretty dark skin. Pretty like Lupita when the cameras close in,” Beyonce sang on her 2019 single “Brown Skin Girl,” from her compilation album, The Lion King: The Gift, referencing actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Like Bey’s reference, Nyong’o is stunning on the October 2019 issue of Vanity Fair that the actress is gracing the cover of in a lime green ruffled dress.
In the issue, Nyong’o discusses the film and fashion moments that changed the Black Panther star’s life.
The Kenyan-Mexican star who garnered her breakout role in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave wears a myriad of different looks in the spread. From puffy winter coats to blazers, Nyong’o sports bright and bold colors and patterns in the photographs for the issue that were taken by photographer Jackie Nickerson.
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I have been following @lupitanyongo’s career since 2013 — from 12 Years a Slave to Eclipsed to Us. I was star struck when we met. I couldn’t look directly into her eyes, or eat anything during our first lunch chat. A few weeks later, when she called me to follow up on some of her talking points I was in awe of the sincerity and control that she has over her narrative. I learned so much writing this piece — about being a writer and being a subject. I can’t wait for you all to read #Sulwe, her forthcoming children’s book. Lupita is a POWERHOUSE. She is a North Star in these dark times. Thank you @vanityfair!