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Woman Crush Wednesday: Lupita Nyong’o

Fierce and here to take on the world.

Meet our newest girl crush Lupita Nyong’o. Her roles in 12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, and of course, Black Panther, has made her one of the most prominent actresses in Hollywood. Aside from that, she’s been an extremely inspiring figure, continuously providing a voice for minorities in the world of entertainment.

Born from Mexico to Kenyan parents, Lupita was named following a Kenyan tradition to name your children according to places or events. Her name is a form of Guadalupe, after the Patron Saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe.

She lived in Mexico for a year before returning to Kenya, but was eventually sent back again to Mexico with her sister to learn Spanish. She then pursued a BA in Film and Theatre Studies in Hampshire College and a BFA in Yale School of Drama.

Fun fact: during her senior year at Yale, she auditioned for her breakthrough role, none other than Patsey in the critically acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave. Her performance in the film was met with much praise, alongside nomination after nomination after nomination — including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Not bad for her first feature film!

People have seen Lupita as the newest catalyst for change in a Hollywood that’s predominantly made up of white actors and actresses.

“And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

Hollywood’s lack of diversity has been a point of emphasis in the past few months, and we‘re starting to see more representation by Lupita and other actors like Chadwick Boseman, and the rest of the Black Panther crew. She’s continuing to pave the way for others to see that race or color is no hindrance towards success, that everyone is capable. It’s just hard work and talent that should count.

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Her love for herself, her acting, and her roots truly explains why she’s deserved all the success she has met so far in her career.

What I’ve learned from myself is I don’t have to be anybody else. Myself is good enough.

I mean, she’s beautiful.

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Lupita’s continued to leverage her fame as a means to bring about change. She’s written a book, Sulwe, that’s meant to inspire girls everywhere to love the skin they’re in. It’s set to be published in 2019.

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“You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you, what sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion; for yourself and for those around you.”
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Lupita is living proof that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and color — it can’t be confined to one definition, like the conventional white, tall, and thin models of decades past. True beauty comes from the inside and radiates to the outside.

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Make sure to catch Lupita in Black Panther!

It’s another on-screen hit with our girl Lupita at the helm. So make sure to catch this awe-inspiring film with your best gals this weekend and support Queen Lupita. ❤

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