Lupita Nyong’o Talks Flawless Skin, Fashion & Her Fierce Cut

December 20, 2013  |  

By now, it’s no secret that we absolutely love Lupita Nyong’o. In addition to being an actress so talented she stole the show in the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, she’s also rather stunning. Her flawless skin, her impeccable sense of style and her close cropped cut make her one you want to watch. And so we were happy to see that in an interview with Arise Entertainment 360, Lupita addressed all of those things. Check out a few highlights from the interview and then take a look at the entire thing in the video on the last page.

Her skin

You would think looking at her today, that Lupita has always had skin this flawless. But she said, that wasn’t the case.

Growing up I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try and find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn’t smell so good but I think they worked some magic.


What does it feel like to have Vogue declare you its ‘it girl’ this month?

It’s thrilling. This is an area that I didn’t plan for and that I’m enjoying. It’s something new that I’m learning. What’s becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art. What’s becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art. And it’s so great to be introduced to designers who are doing things that express something about me. I’m loving finding myself in clothing.

What was it like meeting Anna Wintour?

When I met Anna, I had just seen The September Issue documentary and then I met her the very next week. It was a moment. Definitely a moment. And she was so sweet and gracious.

I definitely like days off from that as well. I like to be in pajamas and sneakers some time.

Her hair

It happened when I was 19. I had relaxed hair and it was up until my shoulders and I’d go to the salon every week to have it curled or retouched. And I dyed my hair green and blue and maroon and you name it. Two things happened, I got fed up of going to the salon. I just wanted less time grooming so I could get more stuff done. And then also I realized if I continued messing up with my hair I would be completely bald by the age of forty. So I just shaved it all off and I was completely a skinhead. And it was so liberating. And I discovered the shape of my head wasn’t so bad. And so I grew my hair a little and ever since then I just don’t the patience to grow it again. But I do enjoy wearing a wig from time to time in the privacy of my house.

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  • SharonRose

    She is fierce, not everyone can rock short hair and still look this good! *2 snaps* for you boo!

  • Jen

    Chile she is gorgeous, never seen nothing this beautiful in a min……damn

  • ZeroFuxGiven

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh My girl crush. Perfection!

  • MIMI

    And apparently she is from the same Kenyan tribe – the Luo people as President Obama’s dad!

  • Tehara

    She’s gorgeous, smart & talented.

  • reeceecup™

    I have worn my hair short for 3 years, and I’m never going back! Long hair isn’t for everyone!!

  • JaneDoe

    This woman right here.. I have such a crush on her. She is so contagious. Beautiful

  • hi-liter

    Hunty this women is gorgeous…..from that mega-watt smile, beautiful skin, and the haircut (totally her and sets her far apart from the rest).

  • Marina Calis

    She is beautiful I just can’t get with the short hair.I just feel a woman should have hair on her head.

    • Guest

      Uh…she DOES have hair on her head dumba55! Just because she don’t have hair as long as Rapunzel’s doesn’t make her less beautiful! In the words of India. Arie’s song “I am not my hair”. What you want her to wear a lacefront wig so she can be more beautiful? The fawk outta here with that BS!

      • Marina Calis

        You have a point..she is beautiful…I was meaning I like hair on my hair.I probaly wrote it in the wrong context.My apologies she is beautiful just the way she is.

  • Niceman

    This woman is BEAUTIFUL. The prettiest Black Women are in Africa. Yet to be proven wrong..

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    • bubbly85

      So are the other black women in the diaspora are not as pretty. You sound like u have a chip on your shoulder, why can’t you just say some of the most beautiful women come from Africa. But as usual f****** idiots want to divide us!