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People has confirmed what most of us already knew following Lupita Nyong’o’s dramatic rise to stardom this year.
The gorgeous Kenyan actress, who burst onto the scene with her Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years A Slave, has been touted as “Most Beautiful” by the publication in their annual special issue.
"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old said of gracing the cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
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Aside from her stunning good looks (she’s the face of Lancôme Paris) and her exceptional talents (she’s a Yale Drama Studies graduate as well as a filmmaker), the beauty is also a bonafide style maven – she even sat front row alongside Anna Wintour at Calvin Klein’s New York Fashion Week show this year.
Lupita’s red Ralph Lauren caped gown at the Golden Globes would be the first in a series of exceptional ensembles, including her dreamy "Nairobi Blue" Gucci gown, which she wore to the Oscars as she accepted her statuette for Best Supporting Actress.
Talking about the sudden interest in her style choices, Lupita said, “I wasn’t the girl who bought the fashion magazines, I’d always just worn what appeals to me.”
“I know that even if I don’t buy the magazines and stuff, with fashion and style, you pick up influences all the time – if your eyes are open, you’re being influenced by fashion and style, whether you like it or not.”
She added, “I love colour and gravitate towards solid block colours. I like clean lines and a classic look, but I also like to have a sense of humour and wear things that put a smile on my face.”