Lupita Nyong’o for Vogue Magazine

Posted on September 15, 2016

Lupita Nyong’o covers the October 2016 issue of Vogue magazine photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Fashion Editor Tonne Goodman.



On her mission to tell African stories: “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice. I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”


On using her platform: “There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on. I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”


On beauty standards: “The European sense of beauty affects us all. I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. The lording of lighter skin is a common thing growing up in Nairobi. Being called ‘black mamba.’ The slow burn of recognizing something else is better than you.”



Fashion Credits:
Cover Look: Chanel Dress from the Resort 2017 Collection | Cathy Waterman Earrings
First Look: Chloé Dress from the Fall 2016 Collection | Cara Croninger Earrings | Christian Louboutin Sandals
Second Look: Duro Olowu Silk Coat and Skirt from the Fall 2016 Collection | Cult Gaia Turban

[Photo Credit: Mario Testino/Vogue Magazine,, Courtesy of Duro Olowu]

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