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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