Lupita Nyong’o for Vogue Magazine

Posted on June 19, 2014

Miss Lupita gets her Vogue cover and it is, to absolutely no one’s surprise…

Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Lupita Nyong’o covers the July 2014 issue of Vogue magazine in a Prada dress photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick.




On her surreal life: “It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me—before I recognized them! […] For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at—and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”

On getting ready for the red carpet: “You spend so much time with your glam squad. Their energy is the last thing you experience before you leave the hotel room—and they make it fun and light and manageable. […] Nothing can prepare you for awards season. The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it.”

On seeing 12 Years a Slave for the first time: “I was really nervous about seeing myself in 12 Years a Slave because it had been such a profound experience in all ways. I remember it being one of the most joyful times in my life—and also one of the most sorrowful. I didn’t want my experience to be a vain one. But I will say that when I watched it, my heartstrings were pulled so tight for Solomon that I couldn’t go into the ego trip. I cried—I mean, I was inconsolable. I wept for an hour after the movie.”

She also, to no one’s surprise, gives good quote.


Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Prada Fall 2014 Collection

Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)

Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Rodarte Fall 2014 Collection

Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (5)

Lupita-Nyongo-Vogue-July-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (6)Proenza Schouler Fall 2014 Collection



Inside, she WERQs it like a supermodel of the WORLD. To no one’s surprise, of course.





[Photo Credit: Mikael Jansson for Vogue Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • NMMagpie

    Fantastic. Timeless. :::and any other adjective that expresses awe:::

    • Kent Roby

      Minor quibble: I wish that her timeless cover didn’t have PUSSY RIOT emblazoned on it.

      • Madam Von Sassypants

        Really, every magazine should have PUSSY RIOT emblazoned on it.

      • Trent

        Another quibble: Love this and she’s stunning as usual, but I was kinda hoping she’d be on the September cover…

      • murt

        huh? It would actually be amazing if Pussy Riot got a Vogue cover…. their actions have been heroic in the past couple of years, with their opposition of Putin.

        • Kent Roby

          Just referring to the name, not the politics

  • Daniel Maza Najle

    the pictures with the pilates ball,the roses and the snake are missing, the whole spread was amazin!

    • Vivi N

      The pilates ball and her staring down the snake like the BOSS she is were my favorites from the editorial.
      Like I said, she was born to slay.

  • Mothra

    EVERYTHING looks so much better on Lupita.

  • Cee Layton


  • NBG

    The cover is stunning. The colors they chose for her are glorious.

  • Bozhi

    I do not like the cover, but the other pictures are great.

    • Vtg Fashion Library

      This was an opportunity to use an amazing model-ebrity and do an old school Vogue pose cover. She’s lovely, but the celebrity smile shots are just so tiresome. On the other hand, at least it’s not Terry Richardson, thank God.

  • Samantha Klein

    I really and truly hope and pray that she continues her upward trajectory. The entertainment world needs her, so much. Not sure they totally realize it, though.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      My hope for Lupita is that she gets really good roles, which are not easy to find for actresses of any age today.

      • Samantha Klein

        That’s part of what I mean. She is VERY talented, but also young and also of color, which are (unfortunately, and it’s bs) points against her in Hollywood. I believe that she is talented enough to break the mold, as it were, and make some strides in there being better roles for women (and women of color), but you know, change is hard, and all that.

        • Skippymom1

          I agree. I am thinking screenwriters are already penning scripts for Miss Lupita and Hollywood, knowing her immense talent, will enable her to continue sharing with us.

          • Samantha Klein

            Fingers crossed, etc!

          • AnaRoW

            You’re way more optimistic than I am. There was an article in EW about how she’s gotten almost no work since “12 Years” came out and, of course, it was followed by a bunch of poster complaints about the race card and how, even though her post-Oscar career is abnormally empty, there had to be a perfectly good reason she’s not working much. I don’t think she’ll go away but so far her career seems to be following Djimon Hounsou’s path where it doesn’t go too far beyond modeling and slave and alien roles.

          • Alicia

            I remember Geoffrey Rush saying his phone didn’t ring for ages after he got his Oscar too. I guess it isn’t so unusual when an actor has really inhabited a difficult role, particularly as a break-out, for casting directors to have a hard time picturing them doing something else.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’d really like to see her succeed;I just hope that there are some writers and studios who can see that Lupita has so much to offer.

        • Oekmama

          Which probably is why she’s now producing (with Brad Pitt’s production company) and starring in Chimamanda Adichie’s “Americanah”…

      • MissusBee

        Totally. A comedy (a really good one I mean) or intelligent sci-fi for Miss Lupita. Something we’ll still be watching and quoting in 20 years’ time. Or action, as long as she’s not the arm candy. I am done with good actresses pouting in tank tops and supplying the hazard/exposition. Done, I tell you.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I am there with you about good actresses being sadly misused as eye candy and/or damsel in distress,particularly when they’re rescued by a post-adolescent adolescent, if you catch my drift.

          • MissusBee

            I do catch it. Clearly, what we need is a BK-crowdsourced genre-busting script, with amazing roles for all our favorite people, entitled ‘The Greatest Movie Of All Time Because Lupita. Also, Emma Thompson.’

          • bitchybitchybitchy


  • Laura Renee

    YES! So glad she got this. And good for Vogue for not lightening her up.

    • sojourneryouth

      I am so glad that they are really featuring her chocolatey deliciousness, because her darker coloring is what makes butt ugly dresses like the Proenza Schouler (too lazy to check if I spelled it right, and the dress doesn’t deserve it anyway) sing. I do have to say that the necklace helps a lot, making it look more ethnic than ugly, but again, only because it’s on Lupita!

      • cowper

        SO glad they got rid of the turtleneck on the Proenza Schouler. I’m guessing someone else has already said the same thing, but it bears repeating. #thanksforsmallblessings

        • Munchkn

          That turtleneck was UGLY! It makes the dress look very old lady. My mom used to wear things like that in her last years when she wasn’t well.

  • Gatto Nero

    Beautiful cover and spread, and great quotes.
    Those dresses sing on her.
    But I’m seeing a little Photoshop contouring of her face, which was entirely unnecessary.

    • Thomas

      I agree about the cover. I definitely think there’s some photoshop going on.

      • TropiCarla

        Yes. They did something weird to her face, but the scary thing is what’s going on with the ‘thumb’ of her right hand. Yikes!
        That said, she IS glorious. My heart thrills at the sight of these.

  • ChaCha_70

    Lupita is stunning. Love all the different textures and colors in the photos. Can’t wait to get my issue!

    • Munchkn

      Neither can I!

  • James

    I only like the last one, from these three. She’s simply radiant there. Beautiful, beautiful woman. That smile! The second is too much pattern on pattern, and it blends in. The cover is not bad but personally I am sick of those sternum baring dresses which prompted the odd pose, though the color is amazing on her and there’s obvious Photoshop there. Unnecessary.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Totally agree with you except that I like the way the Rodarte blends into the ground of luxurious fabrics.

      • James

        I totally understand what you mean, it is just that I love that Rodarte dress on her. It is not something many could pull off and she looks like an actual queen there, so I would have preferred a full shot of it where that’s displayed fully. She’s glorious in that shot and I’d have made her stand out. With patterns changing from the wall to the floor, I feel like a bit was lost which is a pity for that piece.

  • Glam Dixie

    The cover photo is pretty but a little oddly posed, like I just had someone come to the door and I’m not wearing a bra so I do the awkward arm thing.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I scrolled down to make sure someone else had mentioned this. She looks so stiff and uncomfortable! Now that last photo is stunning! She can wear anything! Then there is the big surprise…A Rodarte that I actually like. Very conservative for them.

      • Kent Roby

        And I hate the Rodarte on the model, yet Lupita somehow makes it work.

        • demidaemon

          Same here. I actually hate both dresses on the model, but love them on Lupita. Shows you the power of the woman in the clothes.

  • @Biting Panda

    This is amazing, right? As in. full stop, blow your head off, fantastic?? She is everything.

    • TAGinMO

      Agree as to the interior photos; just gorgeous. I think the cover photo suffers a bit in comparison, as I like-but-don’t-love it. I do, however, enjoy the way the silver lines in the jewelry and dress-trim complement the white font. It’s very well-designed, and she looks radiant, of course.

  • Lolo Andre


  • Introspective


  • Thomas

    A little too much airbrushing on the cover maybe, but that second shot? BAM. And that smile in the third shot melts hearts.

    • Carleenml

      Agreed about the cover – so not loving the work done to it. But the third shot also shows her wearing fabulous shoes and that is truly a gift.

  • MilaXX

    Bow down to Queen Lupita! I just love her so.

  • Introspective

    All praises to her fierceness. And the ease with which she exudes it. She is incredible.

    (I know I posted just now. But a second viewing made me have to post again. Because she is EVERYTHING)

  • Constant Reader

    Love the photos, love her, love all of it.

  • Alicia

    Beautiful – that Proenza Schouler is so much prettier without the turtleneck under it.

    … so speculation over the September issue cover is back up in the air!

    • Thomas

      I was hoping it was gonna be Lupita, but maybe Rihanna considering she was just awarded the fashion icon award? Although she had a cover earlier this year as well, but there might be enough time between the issues. As long as it’s not Kim Kardashian again or worse, the whole Kardashian klan.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Rihanna for the win.

      • eowyn_of_rohan

        Rihanna just had the March cover. She won’t get it again six months later. As long as it’s not Blake Lively, I could care less. Though Kerry Washington would be nice.

        • Thomas

          Not positive, but I think there have been instances of someone being on the cover of Vogue twice in one year. Plus, Rihanna has an album coming out at some point this year.

        • Kat

          Kerry would be perfect, considering Scandal comes back in August/September right? Fingers crossed.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I had that turtleneck ages ago, maybe they are re-cycling. I haven’t like Rodarte for a long time but this is sumptuous and lovely, without the turtleneck, that is.

      • Denise Alden

        Agreed. I’m not sure I ever liked Rodarte, but ooo boy, is that dress something!

    • kimmeister

      Just like the Prada is so much better without the mustard V-neck sweater underneath it.

    • SugarSnap108

      I can’t comprehend the decision to slap a turtleneck under that dress. It’s stunning on Lupita (yes, I know, surprise, surprise).

      • Alicia

        And then a necklace over the turtleneck. It looks like nothing on the runway but sings on Lupita.

        So why do designers style their garments to look ugly at fashion week? Are they not trying to sell frocks?

        • Oekmama

          Yes, but they have to keep trying some combination not-seen before/in a while. So, I’m guessing pullovers under summer dresses is going to be a thing theis fall…

    • Kent Roby

      where am I missing a turtleneck?

      • Alicia

        In the picture of the dress on the runway?

  • formerlyAnon

    Love the photo on the couch against the tile wall. The styling, setting and she herself manage to make that dress look a hundred times better than it does on the model. It’s what I’d expect from a Vogue editorial. I don’t like the midriff window in the Rodarte any better on her than on the model.
    She seems to be smart as well as beautiful & self-disciplined, I hope it serves her well.

    • MoHub

      She needs to play Scheherazade.

      • formerlyAnon

        Fiercely. I do not want any film representations of Scheherazade unless they portray her as a fierce woman cloaked in necessary beguiling subterfuge.

        • MoHub

          Absolutely. There is nothing flimsy or delicate about Scheherazade.

        • demidaemon

          I just finished a manwha version of One Thousand and One Nights with a gender-flipped version of Scherazade. Excellent, complex, and heart-wrenching, all the while still being definitively feminist.

  • Coleen

    You… I like you, Lupita.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    One very classy lady, in every respect.

  • Town

    Must. Have. And the dress, too.

  • Kent Roby

    Thank goodness, a return to the Lupita we all need in our lives, the Lupita who shines in outfits that we would expect her to rock, as well as making that ridiculous Rodarte look terrific. What a wonderful way to start a Thursday; it makes me look forward to a weekend of complicated cocktails!

    • Raspberry2012

      Proenza should thank their lucky stars that Lupita is wearing that ridiculous dress, because I can’t think of another woman in Hollywood who could make that work. She’s gotta be the only one!

  • mjude


  • Reine Bron

    was hoping for the September issue but this is also pretty amazing. she looks flawless

  • Snoskred

    Too, too much enormous and un-necessary jewellery. Lupita does not need all those huge and ugly beads to decorate herself.

    I love the dress in the second shot but it would be 100x better without all the WICKETY WACK they have thrown around her neck. I love the shoes in the last shot.

    The cover is perfection, she should get that Prada dress in every shade of the rainbow and rock it, great neckline for her. She has amazing collarbones and beautiful shoulders and arms. :)

    • Alicia

      I don’t particularly like copal at the best of times. I associate those beads with dowry necklaces – Somalian, I think!

    • formerlyAnon

      She looks great in the Prada, but I think the only reason the neckline works for me is that the huge sternum-baring gap is obscured by her arm.

      Which I’m SURE is intentional and I wonder if it was a precondition of the shoot.

    • demidaemon

      I actually really like the way they styled it.

  • LadyVimes

    That second dress. Good lord. Stunning.

  • Pamdela

    Love her, of course. But is anyone else tired of the fashion editor default setting of “woman of color: bring on the exotic native patterns/backgrounds”? So lazy.

    • MilaXX

      Ordinarily yes, but Lupita is proud of her African heritage and likes to infuse a bit of it in her own dressing. Her Oscar gown was Kenyan blue, her CDFA outfit was by an African designer, etc… so in this instance I don’t mind.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Love your comments. I haven’t had a Vogue subscription for a couple of years now That would have been heresy in my mind previously but I Vogue has changed so much. I agree, I will have to buy this issue.

        • MilaXX

          Thank you! I stopped getting magazine subscriptions years ago because they would pile up in the house. Now I only buy those issues that really strike a cord with me.

          • Raspberry2012

            Same here. Plus, I hope to be moving sometime this summer, so I’m just letting a lot of my subscriptions expire, and then decide which ones I really want once I get a new place. I may have to re-subscribe to Vogue, because right now it’s just picking up an issue that I really want.

      • Kent Roby

        Great points!

      • butterflysunita

        I will buy Vogue too, for the first time in a while–Lupita’s loveliness has erased the searing memory of that Kimye cover.

    • Thomas

      It might have been cool to see her in bold, primary colors in a futuristic setting, but I love the second and third shots, so I’m not complaining.

    • Dora Kishinevsky

      I felt the same thing but I like that the setting and look is very specifically Moroccan rather than Kenyan or some general “exotic” nonsense.

      (Ew, check out the opening paragraph of the article: “Marrakech in May is unseasonably tagine-hot. Hapless tourists are being felled by sunstroke merely from sauntering across the city’s pulsing medina square, which is all but abandoned by the native food and trinket traders, snake-charmers, and storytellers who will throng it in the desert cool of evening”. Talk about lazy exoticism.)

      • Denise Alden

        Oh for f*ck’s sake. Who in the hell wrote that? (Rhetorical, disgusted question).

      • MoHub

        Sounds like a description from the Peterman catalog.

        • Raspberry2012

          OMG! Haaaa, perfect!

          • MoHub

            I actually receive and occasionally order from Peterman, so I’m painfully aware of the writing style.

      • butterflysunita

        Pathetic. Could have been written in the 19th century.

    • kimmeister

      I haven’t seen enough “women of color: bring on the exotic native backgrounds” in order to be tired of them. LOVING the backdrop where she’s reclining among the pillows.

    • Denise Alden

      I thought/felt the same thing. It’s hard to argue how glorious and riotous all of those colors are together, but I, too, let out a big sigh of disappointment when I saw the “market” photo. Honestly.

      • Pamdela

        Right. For me, it’s not whether the images are colorful and lovely; of course they are. I just wish the editors would do something less expected with this brilliant beauty.

        • Denise Alden

          Hear ya.

  • gayle

    This absolutely beautiful, all the photos are! I was kind of hoping they would save her for September but I will take a Lupita Vogue cover any month of the year.

    • Thomas

      How about Lupita on the cover EVERY month?! I would love that, but then it wouldn’t be so special I guess.

      • kimmeister

        Then it would be just like O magazine.

        • boweryboy

          Except I would buy it. Every month.

  • poggi

    She looks beautiful, and speaks with such poise and humility. I love her and that second shot.

  • RescueMe23

    Let’s hope she’s not a one-hit wonder on the big screen. Of course, she could always be a model.

    • Laura Renee

      She’s going to be in the next Star Wars movie, and I’m pretty sure she has other film projects going on as well.

      • Raspberry2012

        My inner nerd just squee’d.

    • MilaXX

      She has procured the rights to the novel Americanah and plans to star in it. She’s not resting on pretty at all. She making very smart moves.

      • formerlyAnon

        Brains. Still a woman’s most valuable asset, and praise [iconic figure or deity of choice] that it is at least somewhat more acceptable to be perceived as having them than it once was.

    • Vivi N

      And don’t forget “Jungle Book”. Even I’m sure quite a few folks would have liked for her NOT to have taken that role. lolol.

  • MarissaLG

    She gives good quote and GREAT face. Excellent cover.

  • MoHub

    I love how level-headed, intelligent, and unpretentious she is in interviews. Others should take lessons.

    • decormaven


    • Anna

      And that it truly is genuine. So many of them *try* to come across as unpretentious, and the effort that you can see behind it makes them even more pretentious.

  • rockin robin

    She’s beautiful, of course, but I, too, am a little disappointed at its obviousness (like doing a guyditorial in front a classic car or something). Also, is it just me, or are the shadows on her face on the cover a little off, like it is a composite photo? Or is it photoshop? I’m trying to figure it out, but something seems off.

    • Gatto Nero

      Photoshop. It bothered me, too. The contours of her face seem to have been altered in the couch shot as well.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    And with that cover, she redeems Prada for that ridiculous thing they put her in for the Met Ball. Stunning.

    Is there anyone else in the world who could put on that Rodarte and look that good? Because I can’t imagine looking at anyone else in it and not thinking “too, too much going on.”

    • Denise Alden

      Agree completely about the Rodarte!

  • jilly_d


  • deelup

    The cover doesn’t even look like her. More like someone who looks a whole lot like her. The third photo is like a JC Penney catalogue photo from whatever country it’s supposed to be set in. The second photo though is fricking EPIC!!!!

  • kimmeister

    I’m afraid I might get my BK card revoked for this, but what is the significance of Vogue’s September issue? A bunch of you have mentioned it.

    • MilaXX

      It’s a big fashion deal. It’s typically insanely thick and much is made of it in the fashion world. There’s the documentary you could check out called “The September Issue”. To land the cover of that issue is a big coup.

      • kimmeister


      • Raspberry2012

        All of this. And pretty much every fashion magazine knows that they need to have a huge, thick September issue, because it kicks off the fall fashion season – that’s why the September issue of *any* fashion magazine is so important. But the Vogue September issue is the mack daddy of them all. I agree wholeheartedly with MilaXX – check out the documentary “The September Issue” when you can. I think I still have a copy of it at home, I hope it didn’t get tossed during my last DVD purge.

    • boweryboy

      It’s the largest issue of the year (easily 600+ pages), contains about a half dozen mind blowing editorial photo spreads (the best ones are mainly by the goddess Grace Coddington), showcases the creative zeitgeist, and usually has the It Girl of the moment on the cover. If you only buy one issue of Vogue a year (as I do) this is THE issue to buy.

      Also, like MilaXX mentioned, check out The September Issue. It follows Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington as they put together the September issue battling fashion crises, photoshop decisions, and each other. Must see viewing for any fashion fan.

      • kimmeister

        I will look for it on Netflix. Thanks!

      • Synnae

        The documentary is fantastic, especially the dynamics between Anna and Grace. I have the DVD with extras, you will fall in love with Grace (until you find out she is the one who thought up that Kimye stunt that is…)

        • boweryboy

          Wait. What? Which Kimye stunt? Not the recent cover? Say it isn’t so…

          • Synnae

            Yep, she was responsible- well sort of. Anna wanted to do look likes for a wedding story, and Grace proposed the real deal instead, saying she is fascinated with Kim.
            Check her interview with FT- it is very interesting and shows again just how crazy fashion is about body image and size…

  • Sofia

    Her face is so beautiful. She reminds me of a princess.

  • Anna


    I was wishing, hoping and praying for the September issue for her but she looks stunning, regardless. Makes me wish I had a locker at work (a la high school) so I could hang up these pictures.

    • boweryboy

      But you do have a computer, right? That second photo is already my background.

      • Anna

        Didn’t want to have to choose between the second photo and my all-time favourite of her: at her graduation ceremony from Yale (if you haven’t seen, Google it, it’s fantastic).

  • Danielle

    It’s not a September cover but I’ll take it. She’s just the most incredible, stunning, and personable human being on the planet.

  • texashistorian

    Beautiful, and the Rodarte is gorgeous.

  • SugarSnap108

    That second one is stunning. OK, she’s never not-stunning. But she’s just beyond in that second shot.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    I just, I can’t, I mean, words….things…do you think the universe would explode if they did a dual spread with Lupita & Iman?

    • MilaXX

      I dunno, but I’d LOVE to see them try!

    • MilaXX

      Better yet, a dual cover of her and her idol, Alek Wek.

  • housefulofboys

    That picture in red on the divan made me gasp. The colors, the textures, her face! everything was stunning.

    • ktr33

      I wasn’t even sure it was her at first. I thought they found a model version of her. WOWeee!

  • mayanempire

    I die.

  • Frank_821

    I am glad someone commented in the obviousness of the 3rd picture. she looks great but even so

  • ktr33

    She wears EVERY piece her better — no, FAR better — than the model.

  • israel8491

    The cover is beautiful. But the Rodarte is just breathtaking.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Adding necessary LIFE to a magazine that has been lacking it for too long. Long live Queen Lupita.

  • GregoireNYC

    Everybody, please buy this issue and send a message to Vogue that beautiful women of color should be a regular part of their magazine. It drives me nuts that this still seems like a novelty issue for them. Beautiful and engaging women of all shapes and sizes should be what’s in ‘Vogue’ at any time of the year.

  • Jay

    American Vogue has an unfortunate habit of making gorgeous people look significantly less so on the cover. Lupita will always be beautiful, but this shot doesn’t do her much justice. Love the spread, though.

    Also, I would like it if actors stopped comparing the red carpet and other frivolous parts of their lives to war.

    • numenah

      Have to second your last sentiment.

    • boweryboy

      It’s additional proof how disconnected from reality they are.

  • numenah

    It has everything I dislike intensely: exposed sternum, cutouts, Rodarte, and the visible tongue-behind-the-teeth smile. Yet I’m loving all of it–such is the power, beauty, and intelligence of Lupita.

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      That Rodarte is 100x better w/out the sleeves and dickie.

      • Julie Parr

        It is awful on the model, gorgeous on Lupita. Someone really had to have V I S I O N for that to have worked so well.

        • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

          I feel like it also needs to be pointed out that an editor did a great job of making the colors of the dress look ahMAYzing for the Vogue photo. On the model (where I think there is very little, if any, photoshop adjustments) the material looks like it came from an old, dusty pair of drapes in someone’s grandma’s attic. On Lupita, the dress looks so rich and luxurious, and I’m sure that has everything to do with the magic of photoshop.

  • ChiKat67

    She is my hero.

  • madge

    The makeup on the cover looks terrible which gives me a sad. Why did they do that to her eyes?

    • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

      They seem to be doing it to everyone’s eyes. Mila’s eyes looked similar on the Marie Claire cover.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Love that photo where Lupita is lounging in that long dress-glorious. She’s a true star.

  • Fordzo a.k.a. Fancy Mukluks

    Oh no, another quote equating the red carpet to a war zone. Don’t they learn?

    • Kristen

      I thought the same thing. Its obvious everyone loves Lupita because if a less likeable celebrity said they same thing, everyone would be flipping out.

      That being said, she is stunning and I’m thrilled that she got a Vogue cover. Makes me almost wish I didn’t cancel my subscription.

  • KendraMR

    Hm, I don’t like how much photoshopping Vogue did to her face on the cover, nevertheless she looks absolutely stunning in each dress, and I nearly broke out singing “She’s Your Queen to Be” when I saw the second photo! She’s so regal that it almost hurts.

  • Mary Lauer

    I think that is the most beautiful Rodarte dress I have ever seen. She is WERQing that thing that nobody’s business!

  • boweryboy

    If her acting career flops she definitely has a career as a model. That second photo is giving me much needed life this morning.

    I’m not loving the third photo. It’s a bit clichéd, expected, and – dare I say it? – condescending. Not to mention somewhat insulting and just plain creatively lazy. Oooo….let’s dress the black model of African descent in a tribal animal print and ethnic jewelry and place her in a open air market. Feh. If she were white this wouldn’t have been an option.

    Sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet.

    • Denise Alden

      Don’t you dare apologize! Lots of us are having a similar reaction.

    • Kent Roby

      Though the Proenza reads as “animal print” (the top looks totally “Tony the Tiger” to me), upon closer inspection it looks like faux bois to me. But I don’t disagree with your sentiment. At least that look is balanced with two others (bright and contemporary cover shot, and Moroccan) which, for me, makes the entire shoot a bit less cliched.
      P.S: that market is fab; I want to shop there right now!

      • boweryboy

        I agree. The skirt definitely reads as faux bois to me and the top reads as animal print.

        I do know that she embraces her African heritage (as she should) and sometimes references it in her sartorial choices. But I think a good creative editor would say let’s step outside of that box and try something different. It just seems so uninspired.

        • FibonacciSequins

          I think it’s the combination of the prints she was wearing and the tribal market backdrop that took the photo straight to cliche.

      • kimmeister

        I totally got “Tony the Tiger” too, which is why I concluded it was ridiculous.

  • Joanna

    Picture number 2 made me gasp . . . no picture of a starlet has EVER made me do that before (not even any prior ones of Ms. Lupita.) WERQ, indeed.

    • breathlss79

      I gasped, too. Didn’t know I had it in me until I saw that second pic.

  • fursa_saida

    I AM OVERWHELMED. So often fashion magazines send white models to pose in other countries with people from those places as props and it’s awful. Having an African woman do the same, and particularly the fact that she’s INTERACTING with the woman in the shop, not using her as set dressing…that plus the quotes, I just feel fulfilled.

    Also: she looks fucking fantastic.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Therese G.

    The Rodarte shot belongs in a museum. Such richness of color and texture, beautiful composition…but of course her face outshines all of it.

    • latina fey

      i was just gonna post about that Rodarte shot. absolutely gorgeous. i’d blow it up and frame it for my wall.

  • NurseEllen

    She is amazing, and I would love to go to that market in the last shot. A welcome injection of color into my otherwise bland-toned hospital day.

  • Frankie Carter


    I’d celebrate so much harder if Kimye hadn’t had the cover this year, though. That sh*t still stings.

    • Kent Roby

      We’ve collectively agreed to never speak of THAT again. la la la la la la la la

      • Frankie Carter

        hahahahahahaha I love the way that TLo didn’t even give it it’s own post.

      • Frankie Carter

        LOL ngl, I cancelled my subscription that same day and signed up for Vanity Fair instead. Childish and over the top, I know, but I really was that disgusted.

  • Kent Roby

    Don’t cry for our Queen Lupita. The truth is, she never left us. All through bad style days: Met Gala to Maui. She kept her promise, Vogue cover for instance!

  • Ali B

    I love it. I love her. She looks amazing and fantastic. I’m just kind of annoyed Vogue went “Generic Ethnic” in the clothes and staging. Marketplace with lots of spices and old ladies with scarves on their heads. * Eye Roll *

  • Michelle Gennari

    Lupita looks wonderful! The shoes on that model in the last photo are just awful.

  • Nicole

    Those poor models!

  • FibonacciSequins

    Incredible. Their choice of settings was uncreative, but she looks fantastic anyway. Love her quotes, I want to read more.

  • gitchygitchymama

    Vogue just isn’t the same after the unfortunate Mrs West cover.

  • luluransom

    Like a boss. Lupita FTW. She’s glorious.

  • Ashleigh

    Anyone that can even slightly pull off that last number is a demigod in my book!

  • marlie

    That second photo, in the Rodarte, is EVERYTHING. And the cover. And all of the other pictures that she tweeted last night. Really, really, beautiful. Also, Morocco is one of the most amazing places for a photo shoot location.

  • Sarah

    She managed to make whoever styled that shoot go above and beyond – the clothes are glorious, and so is she.

  • Aidan B

    That is probably the first and last time we’ll see the word “pussy” on the cover of Vogue.

  • judybrowni

    Those are some fugly outfits, and Miss Lupita makes them sing!

  • nomnom

    Bow down and pray!

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Oh. My. God. I am living for that shot of her in the Rodarte. I never, ever thought I would say that about anyone! She is making that Proenza Schouler work, too. I love the accessories and setting choice there. This really feels like a callback to the 90s supermodel days, you guys nailed it.

  • Cheryl

    She consistently made all those outfits look better than they looked on the runway shots. Ahmahzing!

    • Myra Amler

      Especially the Proenza Schouler.

  • MannahattaMamma

    Wonderful photos but did they really have to do the whole Orientalist thing with the souk & the exotic lounging? I mean, really?

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I thought the same thing, though it does nothing to detract from her beauty. It’s as if they had to highlight “SHE’S SO EXOTIC.”

  • VioletFem

    STUNNING! Although, my favorite picture (Lupita standing at a table while staring at a cobra) is not posted here.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      YES. That one is fantastic. Her profile is everything.

  • Shawn EH

    Damn, did she just beat all three runway models?! Naomi and Iman, announcing your new sister!

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Wow, she is so beautiful that it hurts my heart to look at her. I don’t feel that way too often about a movie star. I too cried for an hour after watching 12 Years a Slave.

  • smh4748

    The only thing about Lupita that makes me sad is that we aren’t friends. :(

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I heart her so.

  • Susan Sontag

    And a cute pair of sandals in the last shot, fancy that.

    • alyce1213

      Provided by Vogue, no doubt, that’s why.

  • elirt

    Wow – I barely recognize the hideous dresses on the runway as the same one in the photos! Gorgeous!

  • WaterGhost

    I have been told many times by random strangers on the Internet how wonderful this woman is, but yet if you subtract the hyperbolic commentary, little substance is there. If I passed this woman on the street I wouldn’t notice her. She needs the cheerleading, I guess.

    • Thomas

      “Little substance”? You don’t think she’s striking? And she has plenty of substance besides her looks. She’s very smart (a Yale graduate in fact) and a very talented actress. But maybe you consider Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, Jessica Biel and Jennifer Aniston to have a lot of substance, for all I know. And that cover isn’t the best shot of her anyway. It’s obviously been digitally manipulated.

    • Thomas

      Thanks for the link. I hadn’t heard of her before, but she seems very impressive. But I think you’re being kind of pretentious about Lupita. Maybe there’s too much hype, but it seems to me that she deserves it.

      • WaterGhost

        I think that post about Lyndsey Scott with the link is still under moderation. But yes, she is definitely worth checking out.

        But really, pretentious? I’m not sure why Nyong’o deserves the hype. There are prettier women out there who show more talent in their chosen profession. The buzz around Nyong’o is fascinating, though. Kind of like a small-scale version of the Dutch Tulip Craze.

        • Thomas

          I can’t think of many prettier women out there, but I guess that’s subjective. She’s like the Jennifer Lawrence of the past year, but I like her more than J Law. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on this one.

          • WaterGhost

            I would definitely give the edge to Lawrence in terms of looks – Lawrence’s figure is better, although this is subjective, as you point out. So, yes, we’ll have to agree to disagree.
            Lawrence’s filmography is far more substantive.
            And, sadly, “Yale” does not equal smart. It equals “well-connected.”

  • Raspberry2012

    Beautiful cover, beautiful interview, no surprise there. But my eyes literally popped when I scrolled down to that Rodarte dress and Moroccan themed room! SNAPS, lady!

  • stonecoldcuddlewhore

    I can’t help but be a little cynical – though overjoyed at the same time that she’s going to be landing in my mailbox soon….
    It takes an Oscar and a million A+ fashion moments for Lupita, it took until 1998 for Oprah (yes, I know her show was different back in the ’80’s but she was a phenom well before 1998). Other women of color: Michelle Obama is the FLOTUS, and Beyonce and Rhianna are already legends in their field. Yet Blake LIvely has had 2 covers. Sienna Miller has had at least 2 (I think I remember three but can’t find a third). Rooney Mara has already had 2. That is FUCKED (strong language deserved here). I also can’t help but notice the photographs depicting her as “exotic” though I admit that might not be fair. She’s incredibly talented and a true star – can Vogue try a little harder here???

  • fananafanafophalec

    that second photo is PERFECTION! she puts the runway model to shame

  • GeoDiva

    Looks like I may be buying this issue. I haven’t picked up a copy of Vogue in years.

  • e jerry powell

    What confuses me is that the way they’ve styled it for Lupita is fantastic, so why did the designers style the looks in layers? Particularly the Rodarte; it comes across like layers of heavy tapestry on the runway.

    • demidaemon

      Rodarte is not really well known for good sartorial decisions. Any stylist worth their salt could see that, and that POV is well-represented here.

  • CiderGirl

    she is just gorgeous. simply gorgeous.

  • Alloy Jane

    Hi. Today, I’m gonna be “that guy.” Look, I love this gal as much as the next encephalized bk, but I’m not going to wet myself over these pictures. They’re just too cliché for my tastes. And what’s with the graininess? Was that the least offensive way to sandblast her blackness without being overtly offensive? I’m with the camp that finds her exoticisation utterly uninspired.

  • dschubba

    She’s making some difficult pieces sing in this spread.

  • Glammie

    Gorgeous. However, I still haven’t forgiven Anna W. for Kim K.

  • livesarah

    She takes a nothing dress in each of those photos (Rodarte!) and makes it look amazing. She is so special I was almost fooled into thinking her Met Gala outfit looked good. There is no one alive quite like Lupita. Why didn’t they give her the September issue? Who could be more worthy?


    This was a poorly stylized shoot. The dresses are gorgeous as is she but the details of the clothing are lost with the busy furniture and sets of the photos. I hate when that happens.

  • Kane

    Must we have an editorial featuring the first black African Oscar-winning actor* dressed in tribal & animal prints in the bazaar in Morocco? Can Anna Wintour look at Miss Nyong’o and see her as something other than exotic or primitive? What about sleek & modern? Or funky & youthful? Or dramatic & severe? Her stylists were never so narrow-minded.

    The feathered, bejeweled, green Prada fishing net that Ms. Wintour allegedly dressed Miss Nyong’o in for the Met Gala Ball (rumor has it Anna Wintour personally assigns every guest a designer if not a specific outfit) was millimeters away from a racist insult. This photo spread, while inarguably beautiful, has way too many Unfortunate Implications. And Lupita deserves better.

    (*Charlize Theron is the first African actor to win an Oscar.)

  • lilazander

    Gosh, she trully is gorgeous and she gives off a vibe of genuinness and unpretentiousness. What’s not to love about her!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Capital-F FIERCE!