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by on Feb 18, 2014

Why We Love Lupita

A year ago no one had heard of Lupita Nyong’o. Today she is a household name. Her spectacular splash onto the Hollywood scene was unexpected, yet oh-so refreshing. The title of this post should really be something like: I pity the fool that doesn’t love Lupita! 

The Kenyan beauty is a talented actress, film director, and music video director. She made her American film debut in 12 Years a Slave as Patsey. Her performance received critical acclaim and made her one of Hollywood’s hottest names. Nyong’o won the Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Nyong’o has proven herself to be a fashion designer’s red carpet dream. Bright colors that most starlets could never pull off compliment her skin tone to perfection. She also looks amazing in white and earth tones. This awards season we’ve seen her get it right on the red carpet over and over again. Every look she wears (some of them fresh off the runway) is stunning on her dark brown skin, not to mention her short natural hair that is stylish and stunning at every turn. It makes you laugh at those who used to insist that natural hair cannot be glamourous, elegant or formal enough for all occasions.

While we appreciate her beauty and sense of fashion, that’s not what we love most about Lupita Nyong’o. What we love most is the sense of pride and inspiration she stirs within us. She is a black woman with such talent, poise and grace that the world had no choice but to shut up, take note and give honor where it is due. It’s great for young girls to see a dark brown woman be praised, not for her body or uninhibited behavior on reality tv. But for truly letting her light shine as a person, an actress and an intelligent black woman.


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