Lupita Nyong’o for DuJour Magazine

Posted on January 10, 2014

Oh, yay. Now come the Lupita fashion editorials. May there be many to come. Because how gorgeous is this:

“12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o covers the Winter 2013 issue of DuJour magazine photographed by Steven Pan and styled by David Vandewal.

Inside, she gives interview answers that are entirely too intelligent for a movie star and works a lens like a supermodel. It’s like God made the perfect celebrity for us.


On her new found fame: “My life changed about three weeks ago. That’s when my schedule went from nil to this […] Lots of people come up and touch my back and want to give me a hug. At this point, it’s not too crazy. I let them hug me.”

On auditioning for her role in 12 Years a Slave: “When I learned Steve McQueen was directing and Brad Pitt was producing, I thought, ‘Well, this is huge.’ I had no expectation of getting the role at all; it was just too out there for me to think I had a chance. So I approached the audition like a rehearsal. It was my chance to have that role for 10 minutes, and I owned it. Then I got the part and the panic began.”

On her future career: “I would love to have a career that’s governed by the material; I always want to be part of stories that I feel are worthwhile. And they don’t all have to be as heavy as 12 Years a Slave. I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that.”



Bomber jacket by HERMÈS | Dress by ROBERTO CAVALLI | Jewelry by ROBERTO COIN

Dress by THAKOON | Jewelry by VAN CLEEF & ARPELS


Just gorgeous. And beautifully styled. That Thakoon is stunning on her.




[Photo Credit: Steven Pan for DuJour Magazine]

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  • @Biting Panda

    Close up shop, y’all, the business is DONE!

    • Rand Ortega

      Drop the mic, walk away.

      • PeggyOC

        This is more than drop mike. This is stand in the middle of the stage, nail it acapella, then walk away. No mike needed.

  • Laura

    What a perfect way to close out my Friday. She is a breath of fresh air.

  • Rand Ortega

    From “Singing In The Rain”: She’s so refined. I think I’ll kill myself.

    • Ginger

      Bless you for quoting one of my all-time favorite musicals.

      • Rand Ortega

        It’s my #1 Fave musical. I can recite it from start to finish (studied it at length & in depth at USC Film School). 3rd Fave movie period. (Lawrence Of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Singing In The Rain, in that order)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          that’s a fine list of fav films.

        • KinoEye

          You are excellent — the only other person I’ve encountered whose favorites include 2001. I’m a die-hard Kubrick fan, and it will never cease to annoy me when people refer to it as “boring” or “slow.”

          • Rand Ortega

            You officially have a friend for life. To say 2001:ASO is boring is like saying the Mona Lisa doesn’t have enough cleavage to be art (The funniest critiques I ever heard about 2001: “Documentaries are so boring”). In my humble though debatable estimation, there are 4 true masters of the art of filmmaking– Kubrick, Kurosawa, Lean & Welles. Their entire oeuvres encompass the height of visual storytelling.

  • LaSylphide

    At first I thought she had been Photoshopped into perfection, but, well, I guess not. She really is that stunning.

  • SophiaPehawkins

    She seems incapable of taking a bad picture. You always hear that saying that the “camera loves her.” It seems to be endlessly true for her. She radiates such a sense of joy and freshness.

    • Ceur

      She doesn’t even have to pose or give any angles (although she obviously is capable of it) – I would happily watch shot after shot of her in a plain tank top just looking directly at the camera. She could give me her passport photos and I would probably drool over her gorgeousness.

  • SewingSiren

    The cover shot is a work of art. She and Rooney Mara need to be in a movie together.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    Serving up the whole damn feast.

  • shirab

    That smile!

  • Sobaika


    Side note: If awards and cosmetics contracts and great things don’t happen for her I will be a very unhappy camper.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      I would punch the pope for skin even half as radiant.

    • filmcricket

      I love the subtler make-up here. Whoever she works with for the RC has been bringing it, and I’ve enjoyed the bright colours she so often sports, but it’s awesome to see she can do the gentler stuff too.

    • marlie

      Yep. She should have ALL the endorsement deals.

      • Sobaika

        Allow me to take this opportunity to mini-rant?

        There are a lot of stars that seem to get opportunities simply because they’re buzzworthy – examples include Blake Lively (whose All-American appeal seemed off-brand for Chanel), Emma Stone (who is very beautiful but looks positively clowninsh in her ads for Revlon), and Everybody’s BFF Jennifer Lawrence (whose Catching Fire promotional tour only served to remind us how Not Dior she is).

        But Lupita can really sell a look. And her makeup is always flawless. If I were on anyone’s marketing team she’d be the first name I’d pitch.

        • marlie

          ^ALL the likes.

        • StellaZafella

          Telling TRUTH is not necessarily a rant…

    • MilaXX

      I feel ya’ Never has the phrase, “I’ll cut a bitch” been more worthy. If she doesn’t get ALL the awards & contracts, I’m breaking out the vaseline and going to war!

  • charlotte


  • Latin Buddy

    PLEASE PLEASE let this girl have a long and fabulous career! In a town with Sienna Millers, Blake Lively’s, and Jessica Biels…can we please have this fierce burst of energy show everyone how it’s done? Amen.

    • Sobaika

      AMEN. Lupita is the anti-Oatbiel.

      • @Biting Panda

        “Oatbiel” is that yours? I mean, it is *brilliant* regardless, but if it’s yours, you need a little TM by it. : )

        • Sobaika

          Haha! If we can copyright quips then I have dibs on Irrational Hate List.

          Last time I referred to an actress as oatmeal on here, many breakfast-lovers took offense. I’ve yet to find a way to work soggy toast into a portmanteau.

          • Sartorial_She

            Shit. Accidental down-vote. Do not know how to undo.
            Was trying to work something out of ‘milquetoast’ and apparently the strain got to me.

            (Edited to correct typo.)

          • filmcricket

            If you upvote, I think it takes the downvote away?

          • Sartorial_She

            It does! Thank you so much!

          • Abigail Chang

            Sienna Milquetoast?

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    She is so GORGEOUS!!!

  • CatherineRhodes

    I believe she came from the Yale Drama Dept, which explains a lot (ie: she’s not a model-turned-actress).

  • mjude

    stunning girl. she is not even trying.

  • Scimommy


  • RussellH88

    She is giving me everything I need.

  • gabbilevy

    The obsession only grows. This girl is seriously impressive.

  • Trickytrisha

    That last photo is easily one of the best of a celebrity that I’ve ever seen. Glorious. And she’s intelligent!

  • Clueless_Jock

    She’s a stunning beauty and a great actress. Her work in 12 Years a Slave just blew me away.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Her smile in that Hermes bomber jacket – stunning.

  • PastryGoddess

    Luv Huh…Officially obsessed

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    jesus god, that lady is werq’ing that lense like a pro. please fashion mag indrustry, more please…want Joe Zee to get his hands on her

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    also may I say, its a win this week for women of color…

    • charlotte

      If she ever gets the b/w treatment Mindy got this week, I will personally incite a riot.

      • The Gifted Collector

        Mindy’s interview with David Letterman was definitely enlightening. She pointed out that those who are defending her are actually insulting her. You can see a clip of it on the Entertainment Weekly site (ew dot com).

        • NinjaCate

          Not really. The fact that she looks gorgeous on the cover doesn’t detract from the fact that the ELLE editorial team chose to other the only WoC in the bunch by making her shot different from the rest. She looks gorgeous because she IS gorgeous. But it doesn’t change the fact that she was treated differently than the white stars.

          • The Gifted Collector

            You are right, of course. But you are missing the point she was making. She felt dissed by her defenders because they were saying the magazine didn’t want to show her “fat body” and her “otherness.” In essence, they were calling her fat and ugly, so they felt they had to defend her.

          • NinjaCate

            No. They were saying that the magazine did what they did because they considered her to be “fat and ugly.”

          • The Gifted Collector

            Hey, I was just pointing out that she addressed the controversy and how she felt about it. Watch the clip.

        • The Gifted Collector

          Not sure why I was down-voted. I was just repeating what Mindy herself said on the subject without any opinion of my own other than I thought it was interesting. Two people don’t like that?

    • foodycatAlicia

      You know, I was watching this week’s Castle episode, and there were 4 women of colour in named speaking roles, 3 recurring, none of them playing hookers, sassy best friends or struggling single mothers. Maybe the media is realising that white audiences won’t run screaming from black people?

      • Rand Ortega

        POC in the Executive Suites (including, surprisingly, JLo –as EP–has a hit show on ABC Family called, “The Fosters”) has a lot to do with it. Some call it “The Obama Effect”. If only for or my own sake professionally, I just hope it continues.

        • foodycatAlicia

          We’ve had a couple of thousand years of a good run. Maybe time the playing field was a bit more level? And yes, for your sake I hope it continues!

          • Rand Ortega

            (A “good run” for some– not so much for the ladies, either) I appreciate the sentiment. Thanks.

          • foodycatAlicia

            I had my white hat on, not my woman hat on. Very true!

      • fursa_saida

        I will forever think fondly of that episode of Sleepy Hollow a while back that had no fewer than five black women and one black man going around, you know, actually doing stuff. We had a ghost, a mother, a disabled child, a father/police captain, a cop, and a living-on-the-lam Sarah Connor type! All in one episode! Interacting! And then a white guy and I forget who else. Happy sigh.

  • Missy

    I know there’s some photoshoppage involved in any mag shoot, but dayum, her face is *perfect*. So flippin’ gorgeous.

  • International Model

    That pink nail polish looks amazing.

  • Julie Chase

    She’s chiseled out of of marble. I can’t get over how gorgeous she is.

  • VioletFem

    Beautiful inside and out.

  • Lilyana_F

    This all is perfection!

  • madge

    she woke up like this … flawless

  • mmebam

    I think I just experienced my first gay gasp. She is mesmerizing.

  • SugarSnap108

    The only problem I have with her is that I can never appreciate the clothes, because her face is so distractingly flawless.

  • ChaCha_70

    For the kittens who weren’t already on the Lupita worship train, welcome aboard!

  • random_poster

    Add me to those singing her praises. She is gorgeous, full-stop. Everything she touches must turn to gold, including that awkward Thakoon top.

  • poggi

    She is gorgeous and an amazing model and actress. I love all these on her and some of them I don’t think I would like on anyone else. Well done!

  • HeatherMcIlrath

    absolutely gorgeous. you would think the solid color backdrop would be a snooze fest but because she has so much charisma and poise, the images instantly demand attention.

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • Nika E

    Ahhhh! She is everything!

  • pop_top

    Her smile is f*ing glorious in the Cavalli. Like she just shines. Work Lupita.

  • Daisy Walker

    She is simply stunning.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Mother of GOD. Flawless.

  • filmcricket

    THIS is the woman who should be doing the Nina Simone biopic. That second shot might have been taken in the late 60s/early 70s. Breathtaking, all of it.

    • Rand Ortega

      No doubt Lupita wasn’t the ‘name’ she is now when they were planning/casting that movie. I bet they’re cursing the unfortunate timing as we speak. Slightly off topic: haven’t heard anything about the NS biopic for awhile (7 months). Zoe Saldana just got cast in the NBC remake of “Rosemary’s Baby”. Wonder if they’re finished with the NS movie so she can shoot this?

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Is there ANY shade of lipstick this woman cannot wear?

    (entirely rhetorical question)

  • butterflysunita

    Gorgeous and intelligent. Put her on many more magazine covers, please.

  • jilly_d

    GOD. This editorial gave me chills.

  • AnguaVonUberwald

    Just freaking glorious.

  • d4divine

    Perfection! Love her….she gets it!

  • decormaven

    Glory, glory, glory! This is everything. I think I’ll go play Miriam Makeba’s “Amampondo”. Thanks for this, uncles.

  • e jerry powell

    This girl is ridonkulously sickening, but I’m not giving up on Ajuma Nasenyana just yet.

    Come back, Ajuma! It’s time for you and Lupita to have a fierce-off.

  • Sara Hottman

    She may be the perfect person.

  • Imasewsure

    She is our perfect one and we are keeping her. Not just smart and gorgeous… she actually gave us four distinct faces in these photos!!

  • boweryboy


  • Snoskred

    Put her together with our other mistress of fierce Danai Gurira and I think the Zombie Apocalypse begins just out of sheer fear for their awesomeness..

    I think it is time Michonne finds her sister, and they end up in a spin off series of their own.. We could call it.. Katana Kittens.. :) But please let them find an intact shopping mall with some outfits like these, because who says you can’t wear combat boots with a pencil skirt and a peplum? And please give us a fashion montage.. those two in the shopping mall trying on outfits, and beheading the occasional zombie who wanders into the dressing rooms..

    Wow, did I type all of that out loud?

  • Chartreusite

    I nearly died when I found out she’s an alumna of the college I go to. An intelligent, fierce and fabulous actress…I really hope she gets durability as an actress and this isn’t just a flash-in-the-pan.

  • Rand Ortega

    Am I wrong? Could she be our Audrey? Instead of Audreybot/Rooney Mara, could Lupita be the gamine, ballerina-esque ingenue/fashion muse the 21st century camera adores?

    • demidaemon

      I certainly hope so.

  • marlie

    How many ways can I say that she looks breathtaking? These are all really gorgeous shots; there’s not a single dud in the bunch. Though I think my favorite is the last one of her in the Thakoon.

  • veronicafish


  • formerlyAnon

    Gosh she’s beautiful. And connects with the camera.

    But I still don’t understand the top of the Thakoon. She looks good in it, but . . . it still looks like something improvised.

  • MilaXX

    Luv huh! that is all!

  • suzq

    Lovely, talented and smart. Triple threat. Hope we see a lot of her.

  • MishaFoomin

    I am especially glad they did not shop her back into one smooth arc on the cover shot. People are not gummybears, photo editors!

  • kimmeister

    I’m so glad they didn’t give her the starlet sex kitten treatment.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Simply gorgeous. I can’t wait to see her walk all these red carpets!

  • TigerLaverada

    She is one of the best models I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m including professional models in that grouping. Stunning.

  • lamh36

    Love her. I’m hoping she has her Oscar dress ready. Can’t wait to see if she goes for color like she’s been doing alot of this red carpet season

  • Famatta

    Oh I’m absolutely obsessed with her. Brains, elegance and she hails from my continent

  • Tracy_Flick

    She has beauty and charisma for MILES. A real star. Love her.

  • cheekypinky

    Gloooory, gloooory, hallelooooooooyah!

  • DeanaDolar

    Really? No place to disqus PRAS? Who cares about these people who live on other planets?

  • Aidan B

    Good God, she is stunning. And how beautiful is that SMILE!

  • luluransom

    That B&W shot is heartbreakingly beautiful.

  • ojosazules

    The casting people must have been awfully excited. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall for that “rehearsal.”

  • deelup

    Her, Cate and Tilda. The Holy Triumvirate.

  • Coolekat

    Incredibly stunning

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Gorgeous-love the Thakoon-at last a dress with a cut out that actually works. She is stunning.

  • Lily-Rygh

    FLOVE her!

  • Gaby


  • quiltrx

    She really is incredibly lovely, isn’t she? And I love that they picked looks that SUIT her, instead of cramming her into any awful thing.

  • Katesymae

    That photo of her smiling is one of the most beautiful pictures of a human being I have ever seen. True story.

  • kingderella

    Dear Lord. This is amazing.

  • guest2visits

    She has an amazing, beautiful glow – where ever she turns up. These are all great looking shots.

  • Lilak

    Be still my heart . . . . .

  • KinoEye

    I was wondering when we’d finally see this magnificent creature in editorials. Take note, powerful fashion editors: there’s never been a better time to finally start including women of color in your magazines, in a meaningful way that doesn’t read as straight-up tokenism.

  • Tanya Wade

    I used to think Gong Li was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen, but this woman is the pinnacle. Her eyes are beyond soulful. She is truly a goddess. I want that Hermes bomber, and the Narciso Rodriguez is my favorite look in this editorial.

  • Fred Vaughn


  • Alfred Cox

    This woman is ridiculous. She must just wake up and ask herself how she can get more fabulous, more fit and more sophisticated than all us peasants. Hands down the best editorial I’ve seen in quite a while. I would love to see a Vogue editorial with her, just imagine what Coddington and Wintour would do with a beauty like Lupita. We need more browns who can look this fabulous and modelesque. WORK!

  • MsMajestyk

    Of course she can WERQ a wackadoodle underboob paper bag bow. I don’t know how else to describe that. She’s breathtaking and I envy her arms.

  • shelley514

    Dear Hollywood Establishment:

    Please make roles for Ms. Lupita. Or, in the alternative, think outside the box and consider her for roles that call for white actresses since there are so few roles that actually call for a black actress. Pretty please. Thank you.


  •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    Absolute perfection.

  • MaggieMae

    Has she ever modeled professionally? Because, wow.