Lupita Nyong’o can’t be stopped. The Oscar winner was revealed Wednesday morning as People magazine’s “Most Beautiful.”
“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” Nyong’o said of gracing the cover. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more see.”
Nyong’o, born in Mexico and brought up in Kenya, told People her early views of beauty were swayed by what she saw on television.
“Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she said. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”
Nyong’o said her mother Dorothy, “always said I was beautiful, and I finally believed her at some point.”
What is the best beauty compliment the 31-year-old actress has ever received?
“When I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on,” she told the magazine, adding “and also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress.”
“Happiness is the most important thing.”
The “Most Beautiful” issue of People hits newsstands on Friday.