Lupita Nyong'o has added yet another crown to her successful awards season that ended with her bagging an Oscar for best supporting Actress in the movie 12 Years a Slave. After landing a contract with Lancôme Paris to be its brand ambassador, Lupita was recently named PEOPLE'S Magazine's most beautiful Woman.
"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old says of gracing this year's cover. And especially, "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong'o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she says. "Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess."
Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, "always said I was beautiful," Nyong'o adds. "And I finally believed her at some point."
Truly an inspiration to many that hard work, humbleness and a dream can make the world to know who you are and reward you for your efforts. You go girl! You make us and the world proud of your achievements!