Lupita Nyong’o Named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful”

Posted on April 23, 2014

Thank you, pop culture blogging Santa Jesus, for dropping this in our laps after that massive Mad Style post. We need a breather and this requires virtually no commentary for us save for two very expressive syllables:

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Well, DUH!

 

On being named People‘s Most Beautiful: “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.”

On what she used to think ideal beauty was: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

On her favorite thing: “When I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo/Video Credit: People Magazine]

    • greenmelinda

      I’m fairly certain there is some deal-with-the-devil contract requiring People to include Julia f**king Roberts on the cover of this issue every single year.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It would be interesting to know whether any arrangements are made to feature certain celebs.

        • Lori

          There are. Folks aren’t really kidding when they joke that it’s more “Who has the hardest working publicist” than “most beautiful.” There is a lot of wrangling that goes on behind the scenes over who gets on the list, and especially who gets on the cover. Both the carrot and the stick tend to be employed. The carrot being agreements for exclusives and the like and the stick being essentially, “If we’re not happy you’ll get nothing from my client until approximately the day they start selling ice skates in hell.”

          No publicist, no matter how skilled, can get a star in this issue who isn’t an A-lister with People’s readership and/or having a fantastic year, but there are more people who fit those requirements than there is space on the list so there’s plenty of politicking that goes on over who gets the slots.

          • marlie

            Exactly. I’d also add, the list is often populated by people with a big movie out or about to come out, as well.

            • Lori

              Yes, because then in addition to their personal publicist the person also has the studio behind her. That’s where the real power comes into play. Put X actress on the list and we’ll get you an exclusive with hot stars Y, Z & Q. Don’t put X on the list and good luck getting interviews during the pole dance.

            • greenmelinda

              I had no idea she still had a fan base. (Yet I have also never met anyone who reads Goop without irony.)

              Browsing through the past covers of People Magazine on their website may be the most interesting thing on there. JAY LENO WAS THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE 1988.

            • demidaemon

              I’m sure both of those types of people exist. Do I want to encounter them? Hell no.

              As for the latter comment: My jaw dropped, not in a good way

            • Lori

              Yup, JR does still have fans and I don’t get it either. IMO when she married her current husband the “America’s Sweetheart” mask fell off, we got a good look at what was under there and it was not good. Her gushing about being born to be his wife was incredibly self-absorbed and insufferable, especially given that he was married to someone else when they started hooking up. I expected more people to pick up on that, but I know folks who just don’t get it or don’t care because they’re fans and they only care about her side of things. Fandom can be really, really weird.

              Also, I had blocked out the fact that Leno was once named SMA. Whatever Helen Kushnick’s flaws as a human being (and I gather they were significant, may she rest in peace) she worked miracles for Leno’s career.

            • OffToSeeHim

              She just made August Osage County, doesn’t that count? It was nominated for several Oscars. It’s not like she’s out of the public eye, she’s also hawking products all the time.

            • Lori

              August was the thud. It didn’t t do anywhere near as well as expected in terms of either box office or awards. Hollywood is sort of like the stock market in that absolute performance tends to be less important within the industry than performance vs expectations. It got 2 Oscar nominations, one for Julia & the other for Meryl Streep. About 5 minutes after the nominations were announced the only talk about Julia’s was that she had no chance in hell of winning.

              It’s not like her career in totally in the toilet or she’s on the verge of being unable to pay the mortgage because she can’t get work, but there was a time when she was the undisputed queen of the box office and that is no longer the case. Some of that is the shortage of good parts because of the crappy way Hollywood acts as if actresses over 40 have one foot in the grave. The rest of it is that she’s just not as popular as she used to be. She has to work for it now in ways that would have been totally unthinkable 8 or 10 years ago.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              When I went to see August: Osage County(which I did on the recommendation of two famiy members) I was literally the ONLY person in the movie theater. Granted, the movie had been showing for a few weeks, but it was genuinely strange to be the only person present.

            • Lori

              That happened to me when I saw Zero Dark Thirty. Scheduling weirdness resulted in me going to the early matinee on the last day of it’s run and I was the only one there. It was an odd experience.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It is an odd experience, to be sure.

            • greenmelinda

              She’s never been that strong of an actress, nor has she evolved into one with age. I still swear she won for “Erin Brockavich” just so they could shut her up. It’s been nice to see Sandra Bullock, who by all accounts appears to be a down-to-earth human being (and has a much more sympathetic love life, if we’re talking public conceptions), eclipse her—especially as they’re both in their 40s. Bullock probably lost a lot of roles to Roberts earlier on in her career. Now the tables have turned.

      • Nika E

        Totally

      • largishbearishAtlish

        Julia SELLS MAGAZINES. thats the name of the game. I am sure there are hidden/or not so hidden biases out there, Julia is very very safe (name one of her top movies that wasn’t Pretty Woman (no offense to her)… but… to a certain demographic, they have no idea (or care) who the amazing Lupita is..Julia is just a ‘safety net’ for sales. (soapbox off). After some of the horrific choices for this titles (wasn’t Meg Ryan last year? UGH) this is joyously spectacular!

    • eowyn_of_rohan

      For once I’m not ashamed to subscribe to this rag. (It’s bathroom reading, okay?)

      • gayle

        I am actually looking forward to my issue arriving this week.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We are all allowed our guilty, or not so guilty pleasures-enjoy.

        • Lori

          This is pretty much my philosophy. To quote Dave Grohl, “I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it.” I’m too old to waste energy feeling bad about trivial matters of taste. I need that energy for getting through the day and for things that actually matter, like being a decent human being. I have really good taste. I also have taste that’s so bad and so low brow it would be appalling and indefensible if I cared about that sort of thing. It’s part of my charm :)

          • demidaemon

            I’ll have to remember this when expressing my love of the RHONJ. What can I say? I love watching tacky explode.

            • Lori

              Yup, let your freak flag fly. If you wanna chill with the housewives that’s nobody’s business but yours.

            • demidaemon

              To be fair, I like it in a serious, stalkerishy involved in their lives kind of way but also a WTF is this shit kind of way as well. Be open to the multiplicities is my motto.

            • suzq

              One of us! One of us!

            • UsedtobeEP

              I ran RHONJ over and over in my head about five times before it clicked. Who is Rohn J?

            • demidaemon

              HA!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Do you remember the episode when Teresa Deguidice(?) went into labor and was wailing “Owwwww-with a New Jersey accent, no less. Classic

            • demidaemon

              Of course! Everything with Teresa is classic. And, now, *sniffle,* she’s going to jail.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Sniffle! Now, Bravo just has to find a way for Andy Cohen to do “Watch What Happens” from Cell Block H.

            • demidaemon

              That would be awesome, because you know they would both be totally unironic about it and everything would be the same.

          • Cordelia_Gray

            You do seem quite charming. :-) I love that quote. That is exactly why I openly admit to liking professional wrestling. Yes, it’s low brow, but I really enjoy it.

            • Lori

              You go! I have a not-particularly-secret addiction to watching professional bull riding. You like what you like.

            • demidaemon

              Oh, I used to watch that with my parents. Those Brazilians are worth it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Last week Mr. B3 and I saw a really fine production of “Henry IV, Part I”. The director decided to have Hotspur shirltess for one of his scenes, and honey, even though I love Shakespeare, I was transfixed by Hotspur’s well-defined abs. I’m shallow, so be it.

            • Lori

              I’d pay money to see that.

              Did you see Thor: The Dark World? There’s a scene right at the beginning where Chris Hemsworth is shirtless for no particular reason and the camera lingers. That scene does nothing to advance the plot. The entire point is “Look at him. Just look at him. I know, right?” I am not even going to pretend that I didn’t joke about sending the director a thank you card for keeping Branagh’s use of the female gaze going and in fact doing him one better.

            • karonf

              I appreciate the effort the Marvel movies put in to keeping the female gaze hot and bothered. And that even though they could surely write in an excuse to put Black Widow in a bikini, they haven’t. Sure her black cat suit is asstasstic but then so is Captain America’s red, white and blue suit.

            • Lori

              Don’t forget Cap’s sweat pants. Can’t forget the sweat pants. Someone out in Tumbler land made a Gif of that shot from The Avengers of him from the back, working on the punching bag while wearing the sweat pants. That man has done a lot of squats.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

              They put that in for me. It was very kind.

            • Lori

              Thank you for your generosity in sharing with the rest of us.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I was sitting in my seat watching Hotspur and having a mild attack of the vapors!
              Mr. B3 is out of town this weekend, and Thor:The Dark World is on my weekend movie list. Your description just clinched the deal.

            • Lori

              Enjoy! Also watch for the scene at the end where Thor & Jane kiss on the roof. When I saw the movie that scene felt like it had a different, hotter, vibe than their other scenes. Turns out that’s not Natalie Portman. It was a reshoot and she was tied up on another film and wasn’t available, so they put Mrs Hemsworth in a wig and Jane’s clothes and shot her from the back.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Will do! Now I know that Chris could really put himself into that final kiss!

            • demidaemon

              If I remember correctly, Hotspur is supposed to be the SEX, right? So, that makes sense. I love me some Shakespeare. I’ve written so much about it in all my academia that I always feel like homw reading him. I would love to go and see more fine representations of his work in the flesh.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              In the D.C. area we’re fortunate to have the Shakespeare Theater Company and the Folger Theater for the Bard.
              in 2012 the Shakespeare Theater did a fabulous production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a truly charismatic and HOT Oberon.

            • demidaemon

              If I have extra cash after moving down that way, I am so going to see some live Shakespeare.

          • marlie

            You win the award for the most well-thought and insightful posts of the day. :)

        • SierraDelta

          Spike in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The heart wants what the heart wants, even if it’s the undead.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            After seeing “Only Lovers Left Alive” I want Tom Hiddleston as a pensively morose yet handsome vampire…but then I’m twisted that way.

      • ljh

        Similar to your bathroom-reading indulgence, “People” and “Us” are my StairMaster reading– I *only* allow myself to read them while sweating as I climb those flights back to the firm ass of my 20s….

        • formerlyAnon

          My long-slow-cardio reading is for things I simply cannot defend. On any grounds. And that I wish to be wiped from my Kindle as soon as my heart stops beating.

          I bet that would be a best-selling app, come to think about it.

        • SierraDelta

          I only read “People” in the waiting rooms of doctors’ offices (which is way too much of my life these days). But I always feel my IQ dropping precipitately, although my Cultural Literacy rises alarmingly.

          • UsedtobeEP

            I read it when I am getting ready to board a plane. I hate flying. It’s my carrot for the stick of going up in the air.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Long ago I decided that one of my roles in my marriage was to be the keeper of pop culture trivia for our household-it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. Hence my reading of People and furtive glimpses of US.

            • SierraDelta

              Mothers always get the glory jobs! I’m still appalled by how much I know about B. Spears and many of the Kardashians — I swear I absorbed it by osmosis.

      • cocohall

        I think reading materials/entertainment are a lot like fashion. It is fine to have a good hi-lo mix. I, for one, would rather sit next to someone at a party who has read the latest People or US than the person who is going to tell me all about how they never watch broadcast TV and only listen to books on tape and never eat fried foods. Or sugar. Ever. I live in a place where I run into that (in the shadow of a major university.) My motto in life is try to avoid committing felonies and being unkind, and then just live and let live!

        • decormaven

          You are my people!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Well said. I have a dear friend of whom I truly am very fond, but I find that I am now reluctant to bring up meals that I’ve enjoyed because I know that said friend will say (for the umpteenth time) “I don’t eat anything with hooves”. Fine, I just would like to talk without feeling as if I am an axe murderer or war criminal because I eat meat.

          • cocohall

            I’m taking you out for an imaginary steak dinner. It goes without saying we are getting bacon bits on the baked potatoes.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Thanks! I confess to having bought the Food Network magazine that featured bacon in all of its many forms-and the cover recipe of rigatoni with bacon and leeks was scrumptious!

            • cocohall

              I almost bought that! But I had just recently been diagnosed with an impressively high cholesterol level and it seemed a bit counter productive to buy that issue while I was filling my Lipitor prescription. Sigh.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Sigh. Yes, that was not the issue to lower one’s cholesterol. Some foods do end up on the occasional splurge list.

      • rhymeswithorange

        I enjoy reading People even though it’s pretty stupid. I always think of what Paul Farmer joked about it in the book Mountains Beyond Mountains- it’s Journal of Popular Studies!

    • NMMagpie

      DAMN RIGHT.

    • Lori

      Duh, indeed. She is just so amazingly beautiful and seems like a truly lovely person. Who else were they going to pick this year?

      • AnaRoW

        Well given that they picked Gwyneth last year, I could easily have seen them going with Lea Michele.

        • Lori

          They would never have survived the TwitterStorm if they had picked Lea Michele, or anyone else really. This is absolutely Lupita’s year.

          • AnaRoW

            This is People Magazine we’re talking about. It does say something about Lupita that they picked her. Normally I’d expect her to be on page 50.

            I do wonder if Hollywood will take notice NOW and cast her in some movie roles. She apparently is now up to two whole movies on the horizon, the latest being a movie with Rihanna.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Yeah, I remember. I was being treated for cancer at the time and saw the magazine in the hospital waiting room and I thought: “Wow, I already feel like I’m gonna barf and they put this out?” LOL.

      • Guest

        i was fairly certain they would put Lupita on the cover, but ya know — I love Vanity Fair and their ding dong cover of late was baffling…

      • Charlotte Sanders

        She is so beautiful, it just hurts, so, so lovely and grounded

    • Cyprienne Zed

      YAAAAYYYY LUPITAAAAA!!!!
      Also, somebody hates Jennifer Lawrence, yikes. (not me, though, J, I promise.)

      • TLJezebel

        Yeah, I do NOT get the whole Jennifer Lawrence thing either.

        • Sarah

          I’m thinking @cypriennezed:disqus meant because that is a horrible picture of JLaw, but to each their own.

      • AnaRoW

        She does rather look like Kate Gosselin in that picture, doesn’t she?

      • Sarah

        Just going to post this…who did J. Law piss off this year? She does not look like a young movie star in that picture.

        • Cyprienne Zed

          JRob gets the glamour angle and JLaw gets nada. Thanks for nuthin, People… except LUPITAAAAA!!!!

      • Morales Mike

        I don’t get the fascination with her either. Learn to walk in a damn $50K dress honey.

    • NinjaCate

      This is going to be the most obnoxious thing ever, but to have you guys, who I personally consider to be THE top fashion and celebrity bloggers, acknowledge Lupita’s beauty as obvious and undeniable honestly made me cry. I know you guys have always loved her, (because obviously lol) but it just… this cover means a lot to me. It’s a huge deal to me that she not only is being publicly declared as the most beautiful woman in the world, but that she also took the time to talk about how much significance that has in a culture that has actively worked to demonize women who look like her (and me). It’s such a huge fucking deal to me. And I get how it seems like it shouldn’t matter because she’s obviously gorgeous, but obviously gorgeous black women have been told they were ugly for FOREVER, simply because of their blackness, and while Lupita certainly can’t change everything, there does seem to be a seismic shift happening in beauty standards, and it matters so much more than you can ever know.

      • butterflysunita

        For me too….I’ve never paid any attention to the People Most Beautiful list before, but this time I really feel moved. This cover was very powerful for me too.

      • Sarah

        Any time a person feels moved and inspired, it is in no way obnoxious to tell everyone about it. More words like yours deserve sharing.

        • leahpapa

          I agree! What you wrote was moving and beautiful, NinjaCate!

      • FibonacciSequins

        If I could, I’d give you a thousand up arrows for this post.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        That is very beautifully written. Usually, anything associated with People magazine reeks of “Guess who has the best publicist?” but once in a while, who has the best publicist coincides with someone who truly deserves the attention. Lupita should referenced in the same breath as Grace Kelly in regards to style and grace.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          I agree. And it’s not just her physical beauty. She has a certain spark about her. I think she is totally adorable.

          • malarson2

            She’s lit from within.

          • suzq

            Best smile ever!

      • Frank_821

        This is NOT obnoxious at all.

        Some of the BKs know my partner was involved in the local Model Competition here in Austin. The girl, Priscilla, who won was a little bit like Lupita. Similar bone structure and a woman of color with short kinky hair. She narrowly beat out the runner up who was pale and blond with long flowing hair. They were both very good contestants and either would have made worthy champions. Priscilla ultimately won do to her effortless poise and confidence when she walked.

        The kicker is she seriously didn’t think she would win and was unsure she’d make it to the finals. She’s had limited experience and she was not use to seeing models like herself in magazines-especially girls who displayed a certain level of modesty. It was very encouraging to her.

        Forgot to say this girl was also inspired by Alek Wek

      • mmebam

        Amen.

        And, let me tell you, it feels so good to take makeup cues from someone and not have to translate it for darker skin.

      • malarson2

        So then your comments about TLo’s comments making you cry made me cry! Very well said and as the mother of mixed-race children, very well appreciated.

      • MaggieMae

        Nodding fervently!

      • Denise Alden

        “but that she also took the time to talk about how much significance that
        has in a culture that has actively worked to demonize women who look
        like her (and me).” Lupita is indeed gorgeous, but it is the fact that she has eloquently acknowledged our biases that makes her a true beauty, inside and out.

      • The Versatile Chef

        Applause and hugs to you. Well-written and not obnoxious at all.

      • Cynica

        This is as far from “obnoxious” as possible, and your beautifully written post moved me to tears. I have to say, my first thought when I saw the cover wasn’t “well duh” but “OMG, People–as mass market as it gets–is acknowledging the beauty of black women. About damn time!”

      • suzq

        I’m assuming by game changer you mean “celebrity beauty” and not “model beauty” because we’ve had gorgeous African models for decades. Lupita is plucked out of the celebrity sphere, where you don’t necessarily epitomize beauty (no one is falling over themselves to copy Meryl Streep’s style, for example.)
        I’m bit older and that person, for me, who was so mesmerizing that I couldn’t take my eyes off her was Cicely Tyson. After being on stage and screen for nearly 20 years, her breakthrough was an amazing performance in a movie called “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” where she was transformed into a woman more than half a century older than she was.
        Spoiler alert: she’s 80 now and not only does she STILL look amazing, I bet she lives to be Pittman’s fictional age of 110. Then we can compare that make-up job and she’ll still probably come out better!
        But this was before the Internet and our acceptance of diversity as a cultural norm. So her stellar celebrity was much short lived, but she had a long, fruitful career and still has some more performances in her.

      • Judih1

        Thank you! I share your sentiments. The fact that she is on the cover (not on page 50) AND that she landed the Lancome contract is huge. And I love that she is more than a pretty face, is very articulate and outspoken about how our culture defines beauty.

      • Tess Tea

        Stands in solidarity for beauty in all its forms!

      • TropiCarla

        Amen.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      Well done them! (and I would cut her for that necklace)

    • Jessica Freeman

      Thank goodness they went with the obvious choice this year.

    • Scimommy

      In your tweet you said “two syllables” and I *immediately* thought “WELL, DUH” because, well, DUH!!!

      • Naomi

        My immediate thought was “no shit,” but “well, duh” works too.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        We really have to bring back “Duh”.

      • ecallaw1977

        I expected “HELL yeah.”

    • webslice33

      so relieved they didn’t pick Kim K! haha…Lupita is gorge!

      • leahpapa

        Seriously. When People’s cover features a pillar of substance, true beauty, and class, and Vogue’s cover is a fame whore and her personality-disorder baby daddy, we know the end times are upon us. SUCK IT, ANNA.

        • ReallyNow

          This all day!!

        • Danielle

          I keep holding out hope that Lupita will be the September cover. Anna Wintour can’t have lost ALL her brain cells, right?!

          • leahpapa

            From your lips to Grace Coddington’s ears.

        • demidaemon

          I want a banner made of “SUCK IT, ANNA” out of the shreds of that cover in huge letter size to carry around NYC someday.

        • RectPropagation

          Kanye West was diagnosed with depression, not a personality disorder. FYI.

    • TLJezebel

      Gorgeous inside and out!

    • Frank_821

      YEA I was waiting with baited breath for you guys to mention this. When I heard People had announced this, I said “well duh it’s Lupita” Even the radio announcer said that she assumed it would be Lupita

    • Tricia Rose

      Hear Hear for Lupita! And, could they have found a more unflattering photo of JLaw? Good Grief!

    • Sarah

      Not only is this the absolute most correct choice, but I’m so glad they put her looking fairly natural on the cover – just as she said herself, she is truly lovely with no makeup at all.

    • Anna

      Lupita is fairest of them all!

      I love her for many reasons, but I especially love that she’s said Alek Wek helped her to believe in her own beauty and that she couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like her as beautiful. And now this cover will also do just that for a new generation. Bravo!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        I read a fantastic interview with Alek Wek recently – definitely worth reading. Google Alek Wek Guardian Sali Hughes.

        • Anna

          Absolutely wonderful, thank you! I think the first time I ever became aware of her was from that Elle cover they mention in the interview and I’ve been a long-time fan since.

          I love her anecdote about her mother raising her to believe in herself and never once thinking she was ugly. Also, how she described her childhood as happy even without running water and electricity. So refreshing!

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

            Exactly! It took someone from outside the blonde-is-beautiful paradigm to give Lupita confidence in herself, and now Lupita is doing the same thing. It may be slow but progress is being made!

        • KinoEye

          Thanks for the heads up on that one — great reading. And that photo of her at the beginning just knocks me out. I know there are a lot of reasons why we don’t see more models of color on the runway/in magazines, but when there are women (and men) out there who look like that and can WERQ a lens, it makes zero sense to me.

    • MilaXX

      *sigh* I just love everything about her. People’s editors would have had to have been asleep not to choose her.

      • SewingSiren

        Now let’s just hope that, like former winners of this award , she continues to get roles that are worthy of her skill.

    • Danielle

      I can’t think of anyone more flawless to take this title. Not only is she simply breathtaking, she’s humble to boot. Long live queen Lupita!!

    • Rhonda Shore

      I thought the two words were going to be “FUCK YEAH!!!”

      • Kim Elmore

        I thought they were going to be “LUV HUH”!

      • Danielle

        I thought they would have been “NO SHIT”.

      • Ceur

        I was hoping for “Of course” because I see this as a TOTAL knock-out.

    • Kent Roby

      I think that Lupita’s name should officially always be followed by an exclamation point, as it is on this cover.

    • Froggae

      Lupita is so lovely that even the (fucking perennial–WTF???) sight of Julia and that horrible picture of Jennifer can’t ruin this cover.

    • Mme. Moriarty

      “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

      I really love this, though it never got so far for me…it’s true that societal prejudices play a huge role in what people find attractive. And many, many white men will simply relegate you to the ‘friendzone’ just for having brown skin and dark hair. It does not matter a whit how beautiful your features are, you’ll always be considered less beautiful than an average-looking blonde-haired blue-eyed white woman.

      • Sarah

        Right? I am white, with curly hair and blue eyes. My hair color changes depending on my whim, but my BFF is taller than me, has green eyes, and long, straight, light blonde hair. We are both attractive, but when we were single ladies on the prowl, I literally felt like chopped liver in her presence. Her hair alone was like a magnet for shallow men. Luckily, I’m with a fella that’s not shallow now, but it was disenfranchising for sure.

        • Danielle

          Stick straight hair here, and it’s literally the bane of my entire existence. It’s interesting to hear your side of the story, since I was always passed over for the friend with the lovely thick curly hair. While it could have been the fact that she exuded confidence from every pore, I always equated curls with beauty.

          • Sarah

            I never had any problem with curly hair, and I get plenty of compliments on it (mostly from women, though). I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way! But compared to a girl who looks like every guy’s idea of a Trophy Wife, it wasn’t enough to pull their eyes, despite my own confidence.

            • Danielle

              I hear that! I hope you don’t think I was being contradictory.

            • Sarah

              No, not at all. Shootin’ the breeze, as it were ;)

          • the_valkyrie

            The grass is really greener on the other side. I have thick curly hair (think Lorde and Ginevra Elkann) and it rules my life sometimes. Plus I have spent years actively hating it, but being a wuss about straightening it. That’s why Lupita is important…because she symbolises a different type of beauty.

        • boweryboy

          This goes for gay men too.

          My BFF of close to 20 years is white. I’m black. We’re both attractive men with similar demeanors. Over the years – when we were both single – we’ve been thrust into identical situations, but he was always the one who got the most attention.

          I used to feel like chopped liver in his presence as well especially when guys I’ve been crushing on ask me out on a date only to get the deets on my BFF. Or the guys who dated me but couldn’t see past my race and had stereotypical preconceived notions of who I am.

          It took me a while to be comfortable in my skin, and to say I am a beautiful black man inside and out – societal and gay community ideals of beauty be damned.

          Long story short, I’m thrilled Lupita was voted most beautiful.

          • Sarah

            Amen, brother. I have been the go-between, too. I can’t claim to know anything about being other than white, but I am glad to hear you say that you know you’re beautiful. It took me a long time, too, and not because of my friend – just because I had issues growing up that came from a variety of sources that conspired to make me think that I wasn’t “conventionally pretty.” Knowing you’ve nothing to apologize for, looks-wise or any other way, is one of the finest achievements you can make in life.

            • KinoEye

              Again, I feel ya on not being “conventionally pretty.” It took me a long time to be OK with that. But I finally realized that no, I’m not conventional — and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

            • boweryboy

              It was quite the journey to reach that epiphany. Like Lupita’s quote, my ideal of beauty was subsconciously gleaned from my BFF. It didn’t help that the gay community’s ideal of beauty was (and for the most part still is) white, young and ripped. Two out of three wasn’t bad at the time but I wanted the trifecta which as unobtainable.

            • Sarah

              Yeah. The ideal for white, straight ladies is brutal, as I’m sure you are aware. One ounce of extra fat, one frizzy bit of hair, and you’re screwed. (Or so you are made to believe.) I actually gave up for about a decade – no makeup, no bra, no brushing hair, etc. because I felt that I had to fight the ridiculous constructs out there. Like, Fuck You world, I’m not playing your game. It has been nice to get back to believing in celebrating my own beauty for my own sake, and to forget about the unobtainable.

            • Anna

              I hear you about those sources. True story: I was told as a kid growing up by a relative that I’d better study hard and become a doctor because I apparently didn’t have the looks that would enable me to snag a rich husband one day (*not enough eyerolls in the world*). What I chose to take away from that was to work hard, be independent and successful in my own right, but still.

              I’m Filipino, so I can only speak regarding my own experiences. But even within my own culture, there are standards of what is considered “conventionally pretty.” I was tall for my age and inherited the bigger bones from my paternal grandmother’s Hawaiian side of the family as opposed to my more “conventionally-Asian” petite cousins. I had no control over being born with these features obviously, but my more petite and fairer-skinned cousin was dubbed “the pretty one” and I was known as “the smart one” or “the one who likes to read.” I never considered these to be “flaws,” but back then, oh how I wanted to be thought of as “the pretty one,” even if it was just once.

        • KinoEye

          I feel ya. My bestie in high school wasn’t blonde, but she was tall, had thick, wavy chestnut hair, and for all the world looked like she’d fallen out of the pages of Vogue. Gorgeous, fun and friendly. Not that I wasn’t attractive, but the guys always went for her first. If it didn’t work out with her, THEN they’d try to get with me. Very disheartening indeed, though I eventually got to the point where it didn’t bother me.

          • Sarah

            Has the advantage of weeding out the chaff, though, right? I found, over the years, that most of the guys I was at least semi-serious with were not really interested in my buddy at all – looks or personality-wise.

        • Mme. Moriarty

          I’m sorry, I know you mean well. But this is not the same at all. I was talking about the deep-seated racism present in the beauty culture in Western countries. You can look like Miss Lupita, be as stunning as you like, and most men won’t even consider going out with you because of your black hair and non-white features.

          • Sarah

            I know you were. I was talking about feeling disenfranchised for your looks. A lot of people feel that way, regardless of their color. I didn’t mean to hijack your subject, and I’m truly sorry if you feel as if I marginalized your point, which of course is absolutely valid.

      • paginatrix

        I have long, straight blond hair and blue eyes and a pale complexion. I also have thick thighs and many other figure “flaws.” I’ve never ever felt particularly beautiful, despite being able to check off a few of the boxes on the Acceptable Attributes List. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to grow up not being able to check off any of those mean little boxes. Everything seems to exist to make us feel like less than we are. When I see Lupita held up as a beauty icon, my heart sings. Abolish the lists. Make new assumptions. Accept women as we are.

        • Kathy

          Wow! That was beautifully expressed!

    • Judy_J

      At last, a People magazine cover I can agree wholeheartedly with! Excellent choice, People!

    • Katesymae

      Good god. Now give this woman some roles, Hollywood!

      • alyce1213

        She gets to pick and choose, something very rare for a newcomer. There will be projects developed for her. Yay!

        • Katesymae

          From your lips to the movie gods’ ears!

    • Carriganak

      I can’t stop standing in awe at Lupita. This makes me so happy. Also, the J theme of the others on the cover is odd.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Beautiful, indeed, in attitude and action as well as physically.

    • KinoEye

      They finally got it right, though they’d have to be blind not to see it. Here’s to Lupita, and all the ladies who might feel a bit more beautiful and celebrated by this wonderful decision.

    • Qitkat

      My favorite thing about her having been chosen for this superficial honor is that she brings a depth to it that few others have. In some ways she simultaneously stands above the crowd, while maintaining a presence as “everywoman.” It’s really hard for me to explain this adequately, but she makes me proud of her, proud to be a woman, and gives me a lump in my throat. Listening to her talk is a bit like magic, she has such a lovely quality to her voice timbre, and sounds so normal and down-to-earth in her remarks. She transcends race and age. She is beautiful inside and outside. I hope all this fame will not change that.

      • Sarah

        So true! Just her having won it gives the “honor” much more weight.

      • Evan

        She’s like the anti-Gwyneth (Who was “Most Beautiful” last year ironically).

        • demidaemon

          That might have been a kernel of the idea in the editors’ minds, I think. Especially considering Gwyneth’s polarizing personality (I’m being kind, okay?).

      • poggi

        I agree. She acknowledges that this is bigger than just her. I really like that. I also appreciate how women of various ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds can identify with her. Perhaps this will be a good example for Hollywood that actors and actresses of color can carry movies and appeal to broad audiences. I also love that she specifically references the importance of her visibility for girls who don’t look like what popular culture perceives mainstream beauty to be–that little girls of color will see her and perhaps themselves as beautiful.

    • http://www.paolathomas.com/ PaolaT

      That is one stunning video too. She has incredible screen presence.

      • DB Ruberto

        I was just going to say that video = life restored! Ah, what a woman!

      • shirab

        I just watched that and I thought, those photographers must be dying because she is giving them EVERYthing.

    • Frankie Carter

      LMFAO my first reaction was, “duh.”

      • Truthiness2U

        Mine, as well.

        I believe this is what is commonly known as a “no brainer.”

        • Frankie Carter

          A friend of mine was like, “People magazine has decided that water is wet,” essentially. No brainer for sure.

          • formerlyAnon

            Context is all. They’ve poured us glasses of desert sand in the past and said “drink up!” So it’s worth acknowledging, even with a bit of an eyeroll.

    • RedRaven617

      That elusive trifecta of beauty, brains and nice.

    • Lolo Andre

      Please be here for a long long time *kneels and prays*

    • marlie

      My first thought was “HELL YEAH!” But “well, DUH” works too!

    • stubbornthoughts

      YES. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES. <—- my first reaction, so only a few more syllables.

      This news made, and still makes, me extremely happy. A no-brainer, and yet so smartly chosen. Take note, Vogue. You've been upstaged by People Mag, for fuck's sake.

    • DTLAFamilies

      I’m impressed that they didn’t photoshop her into a Real Doll. You can see the texture of her gorgeous skin. So very happy about this! People is as mainstream as magazines get so this is epic.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      That video is so amazing that I can almost forgive them for making me see Jennifer Aniston at the beginning of it. Almost.

      • decormaven

        I chuckled because I thought Jen was saying “Know what you need for amazing skin? A vino!” I should have some fabulous skin, if that’s the case.

    • NBG

      Her quotes are perfect. What I like about best about her is the expressiveness of her face, something that seems to be disappearing in Hollywood for various procedural reasons. If anyone ever tries to “freeze” this woman’s face in time, they should be flogged.

      • somebody blonde

        Yeah, Lupita has the kind of face that could work just as well in a silent movie as a talkie.

    • Morales Mike

      She is FAR more beautiful than that old war horse(face) Julia. It’s her smile. It looks totally real, like it comes from within.

      • tallgirl1204

        I let this go for six days but it still bugs. There is no need to tear down Julia in order to honor Lupita. I remember when Julia first hit the big time that her somewhat assymetrical features and big smile were seen as genuine and glowing and “different” in a good way. Maybe her popularity star has risen and fallen among the hipster set somewhat, but disparaging her as “horsefaced” (your words, not mine) is criticizing her god(dess?)-given looks– Fine, criticize her personality, her character, or even her clothing choices, but please please please don’t feel you have to trash her physical appearance in order to raise the fabulous Lupita up. Sign me, a woman who has been called horse-faced– and that kind of language sucks.

    • MaggieMae

      Did I dream this? I thought I read somewhere that Lancome signed her.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

        No, you did not dream that!

    • kim bunchalastnames

      oh, look at her. she is just magnificent.

    • formerlyAnon

      She is not just beautiful, she has mastered the reasonably intelligent, likable soundbite. Or her “people” hold unholy power over editors everywhere. I like to think it’s the former.

    • The Versatile Chef

      Dammit, Uncles. You stole my line.

    • formerlyAnon

      P.S. Someone’s probably said this, but I do hope People takes notice when the single issue sales for this cover are off the charts. Those of us who in any way help construct the world for young girls or young women of color are going to make damn sure this cover is part of the wallpaper of their lives.

    • GeoDiva

      Amen!

    • Anna

      Thank God – finally someone who actually deserves this!

    • Evan

      The next thing I want to see is an Asian on the cover of People’s “Most Beautiful.” Have they ever had an Asian? Lucy Liu and Fan Bingbing would both be great choices.

    • your face

      Congratulations to Lupita, she looks absolutely charming and beautiful on this cover.

      But did Jen step on the editor’s dog’s tail or something? That is the worst picture of her I’ve seen in a LONG time.

    • megohd

      If they were going with a Julia for their all J sidebar they should have gone with Louis-Dreyfus!

    • Gatto Nero

      Respecting People Magazine for the first time ever.
      Well done, and brava Lupita.

    • Jay

      Lupita looks gorgeous, per usual. I’m happy to see her get this recognition.

      When Jennifer Lawrence’s career first took off, I thought she was beautiful. Now, not so much. I can’t see past her crassness and attention-seeking behavior.

      • Cassidy Olsen

        The haircut on JLaw doesn’t help.

    • decormaven

      Happy sigh! Smartest move that mag’s made in a LONG time.

    • e jerry powell

      The editors photoshopped the hell out of Lupita’s mouth, though. Not that it looks bad, because it doesn’t, but the way they emphasized the lip line against the teeth…

    • demidaemon

      Well, damn. About time!

    • Suzanne Johnson

      Not to rain on Lupita’s parade, but isn’t this different from People’s “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” issue? Doesn’t the magazine every year do a roundup of the 50 or 100 “most beautiful” celebrities?

      Anyway, when People selects the most beautiful woman in the world that cover should go to Lupita as well.

      • Tafadhali

        People doesn’t have a most beautiful women issue, just this one, which in the past has gone to men and women, but now seems to be exclusively women? (Anyone who still reads the magazine want to help me out there?) Their other titles are Most Intriguing Person of the Year (possibly the only award shared by Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian) and Sexiest Man Alive.

    • SierraDelta

      GAH! And this comes the same week our Supreme Court upholds a ban on affirmative action in Michigan. . .

    • kerryev

      Ha! I expected them to be “No shit.”

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I expected “Fuck yeah!”

    • Katz_Pajamas

      They should just retire the “Most Beautiful” title now.

    • Laylalola

      It seems like Julia Roberts is on the cover and/or list of People’s Most Beautiful every damn year — is she paying them or something?

    • EEKstl

      Huzzah!