Lupita Nyong’o returns back to her roots on the October 2016 cover of Vogue Magazine. Photographed by Mario Testino in her family’s village in Kenya, the actress wears a Chanel dress with Cara Croninger earrings. Fashion editor Tonne Goodman selects some of the season’s most gorgeous prints for Lupita to wear including Chloe, Olowu and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
In her interview, Lupita talks about beauty standards, “The European sense of beauty affects us all. I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi. Being called ‘black mamba.’ The slow burn of recognizing something else is better than you.”
Lupita Nyong’o – Vogue Magazine – October 2016
Lupita Nyong’o – Queen of Katwe
In addition to her recent of Vogue cover, Lupita Nyong’o can be seen taking on the role of Nakku Harriet in ‘Queen of Katwe’. The movie tells the story of a Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi who becomes a Woman Candidate Master. Talking about the film with the magazine, Lupita says, “There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on. I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”