Oscar-winning ’12 Years a Slave’ actress, Lupita Nyong’o, walked onto the world stage and mesmerized us with her beauty and talent, She delivered a speech at the 2014 Academy Awards that lifted 43 million viewers all over the world and spoke volumes to little girls of darker hues.
Lupita is featured in Vogue’s July 2014 issue and also graces the cover. She recently debuted as Lancôme’s Ambassador for Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation. She looks flawless in her first campaign for the beauty brand.
That being said, Ms. Nyongo is more than just a pretty face. But you know that already, don’t you? She is an eloquent orator who carries a Master’s Degree in acting from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. Now, you may think Lupita’s head to be in the clouds (which she admits that her life right now is “more surreal than not”) but those that know her tell a different story.
Her former colleagues paint a picture of a generous, gregarious friend, a girl who loves to dance and listen to music, an outgoing and charming person.
in Lupita’s case, she was “at the top of the category of what I would call the ‘innately gifted,’” says Van Lieu.
Lileana Blain-Cruz, who graduated in the class of 2011, says of Lupita: “In spite of the really long schedule that required a lot out of you just in general, she was really amazing in the rehearsal classes by being able to remain open and vulnerable and energetic throughout the process.” That same energy that Americans connected with at the Oscars and onscreen in 12 Years is the same energy that carried her and her classmates through long hours of rehearsals.”
Lupita said it best…
“It’s so funny, you go to acting school thinking you’re going to learn how to be other people, but really it taught me how to be myself. Because it’s in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person’s circumstances and another person’s experience.”