Lupita Nyong’o can’t do any wrong these days! The Kenyan beauty just snagged the title of World’s Most Beautiful Person in People Magazine out of the 50 people on the list. While she also holds the title as the new face of Lancome she understands that beauty is far more than skin deep. She admits that some of her biggest compliments have come from days when she wasn’t wearing any makeup and her hair wasn’t done. Lupita tells People Magazine:
…when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.
As a teen Lupita struggled with the thought of being beautiful and measured her beauty by 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.”
We’re so happy that she did because she’s inspiring women of color who are faced with some of those same challenges today. Furthermore she’s just been pegged as the World’s Most Beautiful Person outside of winning an Oscar and other accolades she’s reached throughout this year and she sees it as a big accomplishment.
It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.
Watch her behind the scenes footage below.