It’s not just about her winning smile, Nyong’o has a personality that is endearing, she is hard working, a superb actress, has never gone wrong on a red carpet and most importantly, she is a black woman who takes pride in who she is.
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o was born March 1,1983 in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya. She is a Mexican – Kenyan actress and filmmaker. She is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili.
She began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga. Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. In 2013, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen ‘s historical drama 12 Years a Slave, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the first Kenyan actress and the first Mexican actress to win an Academy Awards.
Nyong’o was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won. She was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, and the first Mexican to win the award. She also became the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for a debut performance in a feature film.
On 2014, she was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu’s spring campaign, with Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. She has also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including New York’ s spring fashion issue and the UK magazine Dazed & Confused. She has also been a regular on Harper’s Bazaar ‘s Derek Blasberg ‘s best dressed listing since the autumn of 2013. Nyong’o was named ” The Most Beautiful Woman” by People and ” Woman of the Year ” by Glamour and was later announced as the new face of Lancôme. Nyong’o was on the July 2014 cover of Vogue, making her the second African woman and ninth black woman to cover the magazine.
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