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Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine’s ‘Most Beautiful’

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All the details from People:

She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancome Paris, but Lupita Nyong’o “never dreamed” she would be touted as “Most Beautiful” for all the world to see.

“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.”

As a teen, Nyong’o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. “It was very strange and very cold!” she says, laughing. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.”

Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on ,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing .”

What do you think of their choice: surprising or expected?

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em

this whole most beautiful woman/man thing is dumb…no argument there, but let me say that SHE IS STUNNING!!!!! WHAT A BEAUT!!!

snarkylarky
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snarkylarky

yawn. WHY IS NO ONE FIXING HER EYEBROWS. draw them out longer.

blah
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blah

i thought they looked fine. not everyone needs super long eyebrows…

disqus_e5owUDo2KZ
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disqus_e5owUDo2KZ

Since your personal preference is that Lupita’s eyebrows should extend to the outer corners of her eyes, then that’s exactly what she must do. Now.

Gucc3
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Gucc3

i have the same face shape as her.. can someone please call me the most beautiful? lol

bbblah
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bbblah

Although expected because she’s “in” right now, I can’t describe how awesome it is to see her get this title.Yes the whole idea is ridiculous in this day and age because beauty comes in all shape and color but black women with european features or those who are mixed tend to the ones labeled as most beautiful. It’s great to finally see a dark skin african woman with short kinky hair being called beautiful. It’s great to see someone who looks like me and my family be celebrated. She almost makes me want to rock my fro (once it’s been… Read more »

Guest

I don’t find her pretty. But she is very striking and seems like a very nice and genuine person. Good for her.

But ‘Most Beautiful’ Idk. I just find those titles stupid.

jjj2
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jjj2

She’s very average in my opinion. She’s not ugly by any means, but I don’t think she is ‘Most Beautiful’. A lot of people comment about her ‘flawless skin’, but other than the photoshopped cover picture, her skin is not what I would consider flawless. She also usually covers up her legs and they appear thicker than what I would consider perfect legs.

guest
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guest

Yaaay! Love her

Alias
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Alias

I think she is gorgeous.

iana
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iana

She’s very pretty but her eyes always look kinda bloodshot, like she urgently needs some Visine. Also that’s just an awful pico f Jennifer lawrence on the cover, she must have PO’d somebody in the editing department that day.

Guest

haha I also wanted to mention the pic of Jennifer Lawrence….

I don’t get it. Most of the times the pics from the photo shoots are pretty much all lovely but one. And they seem to always pic that one, that isn’t as pretty as the rest to put on the cover. Are they blind?

Especially with the seventeen magazine and all that sort of magazines it’s super clear.

bbblah
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bbblah

I have a theory about that- my parents have spent the majority of their lives in Africa and my dad especially, has spots of red and other colors in his sclera (the while part). Even his iris has a weird blue hue around it but his vision is unaffected and his ophthalmologist hasn’t ever said anything. I noticed that a lot of Africans have this and I think it’s due to sun damage. I don’t think i had ever seen my parents wear sunglasses back in the day and it they had it sure as hell didn’t have adequate UV… Read more »

rory
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rory

Yup. Same here (Nigerian). I read somewhere that the yellow tint is due to melanin.

natascha
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natascha

her smile is just amazing

shortii
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shortii

I never really understood the hoopla about her. She is just average to me. She has beautiful skin but not amazed by her at all.

james
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no disrespect to her but i’m actually getting kind of bored with all this, is an actresses being an attractive woman really a significant event, it’s just getting all a bit too much

B
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B

What gets me about Lupita is that her face looks beautiful from every angle. Every. Angle. I don’t think she’s the most gorgeous woman in the world, but she just looks very good all of the time. Glowing skin. Flattering features. I don’t think she can take a bad picture. And I love me some JLawrence, but the haircut was a horrendous idea…she’s not a natural stunner who can pull off anything.

HB
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HB

First time I’ve been okay with one of these winners. I still think it’s a stupid title.

Marty
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Marty

Honestly I feel uncomfortable even debating her title because then you come across “racist”. And I’m black….
She definitely looks like every other one of my African cousins on my Dad’s side the family.

disqus_e5owUDo2KZ
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disqus_e5owUDo2KZ

Maybe – but we need more of that over here!

P.S: Agreed on your first point. Americans are also not allowed to criticize the president for any reason ever, because on come all the Oprah/Al Sharpton accusations & wrath. Of course all these same celebs were Bush’s biggest critics back in the day. 😉

Winnie
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Winnie

not finding her attractive doesn’t make you racist. it would be racist if you didn’t find her attractive BECAUSE she’s black though

Roxy Lowe
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Roxy Lowe

She is beautiful. And from what i have heard from her, beauty on the inside as well.:)

james
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Really?

If i met her i’d rather my bits still worked

james
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something is seriously wrong with you

Juju
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Juju

The only thing I don’t like is her hair, it looked better at the Oscar. And she doesn’t need much makeup, I would like to see her on the red carpet with close to no makeup bc she doesn’t need it at all.

Lau
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Lau

I actually disagree Juju, the only thing I like about her and I think is ”special” meaning refreshing is her hair. In the past two decades all I see is incredibly light skin, straightened out wavey hair and western features on black women. I think it’s rediculous and shameful.
Women and men (who shave off their hair to comform to western culture *coughobamacough*) should embrace their genes and not try to look like ”white people”.

james
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holy cow! Obama’s black?

Tiina
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Tiina

Just a side note: I’ve never understood this obama acting like a white dude -rant going about the interwebs. He’s half white and was raised by western white people in an upper middle class environment. How do honestly you expect him to act? Genes don’t dictate the way you are and act the way your upbringing does. If you come from a multicultural backround it’s pretty difficult (if not impossible) to absorb both sides of your inheritage if the folks from the other side of the family tree aren’t a part of your life. You end up as estranged from… Read more »

HB
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HB

It’s odd, but usually mixed people who are black and white are considered black.

I also don’t know what it means to “act white” or to “act black.”

Tiina
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Tiina

HB, I think whether mixed people are considered black or white depends a lot on where you are. When I visited the US, I was automatically thought to be black and sometimes black above all else, even my actual nationality. (Weird feeling!)

But when I went to west africa, I was considered mixed in every country I visited. In Nigeria I was actually generally referred to as “the yellow one”, which was pretty hilarious. (Even weirder. :D)

And I agree, acting white or black sounds pretty odd, when you think of it…

HB
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HB

I meant to say in the US*, thanks for pointing that out! And I guess it’s all relative– as evidenced by looking yellow to Nigerians. That’s a very cool story 🙂

Lau
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Lau

I never said act white or black I said trying to look white.

And as for what Tiina says… I’m not going to argue with someone who is biased – this was just my opinion, I never said it’s the universal truth.

Juju
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Juju

“It’s odd, but usually mixed people who are black and white are considered black.” Yeah, don’t get why people say Obama is the first black american president, I never considered him black he’s mixed…

emilia
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emilia

ahh baby george

peegee
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peegee

I don’t support these titles – so superficial and besides the idea of beauty is so superficial. So one year you are the “most” beautiful and the next probably 2nd best and a few years later you may be completely off the list.

That said I think she is amazing mostly since she seems to set her own standards.

peegee
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peegee

I am guessing that you are either 12 OR 60 years old, as any age in between seems completely unfeasible for a perverted troll. But that’s me stereotyping since you for all we know your may actually be quite a well-adjusted mature being. Hope you are having fun!

sally
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sally

she looks like a man

N
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N

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW SHE LOOKS LIKE A MAN.

Teiku5
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Teiku5

Lupita truly is beautiful.

anka
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anka

These sorts of lists are a joke. That said, she is exquisite, and also immaculately styled. There’s something regal about the way she carries herself.

disqus_e5owUDo2KZ
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disqus_e5owUDo2KZ

Lupita happens to be beautiful anyway; but the People’s Most Beautiful award invariably goes to whoever is having a moment. Jim Carrey won the title in ’97.

chrissy
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chrissy

i’m glad she won, cause she’s beautiful and had an amazing year. but this whole thing is just a popularity contest…i mean last year was gwyneth paltrow…

louis21
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louis21

baby george wins “most beautiful”! definitely!

proudgal
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proudgal

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CK
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CK

I don’t support this “the most smth” lists, so i’ll just say that in my book she’s a gorgeous woman, she rocked the red carpets with her style this year (also glad she’s rocking her natural hair), and she’s got some talent. It’s also nice to see another black actress rise so high, cos there are many somewhat known or well-known black actresses but only few on the A-list and with still flourishing careers. I hope Lupita will not get lost after this high, cos having an Oscar means bigger exposure and more role offerings but it’s not a guarantee… Read more »

KCATE
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KCATE

i dont think shes the most beautiful, shes got great skin and the way she presents herself is classy and attractive but she just doesn’t have a beautiful face, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Kay
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Kay

Can anyone honestly say with a straight face that this woman is beautiful? She is not attractive at all.

N
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N

PLEASE EXPLAIN.

Boomer
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Boomer

OMG I want her skin. Her complexion is so spot-free, fresh and flawless.

Moe
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Moe

Beautiful face, horrible hair, mediocre body (too thick and short).

N
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N

HOW IS HER BODY THICK.