Most of us are already aware of how strikingly beautiful actress Lupita Nyong’o is. But what we love even more about the Academy Award-winning actress is the her beautiful soul. Her physical beauty, as well as her inner, was successfully captured for the world to admire in the December issue of Glamour. On the cover, the brown beauty is flawless in a crisp white number accompanied by chandelier earrings. Inside, she opens up about her success and her definition of “The Lupita Effect.” Check out some interesting highlights from her interview below.
On “The Lupita Effect:”
“I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy — that she can. Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in ‘The Color Purple,’ it dawned on me: ‘Oh — I could be an actress!’ We plant the seed of possibility.”
On how life has changed since winning an Academy Award:
“This is actually a conversation I look forward to having in 10 years, when all of this is behind me and I have some real perspective on what happened — because right now I’m still adjusting. I guess I feel catapulted into a different place; I have a little whiplash … I did have a dream to be an actress, but I didn’t think about being famous. And I haven’t yet figured out how to be a celebrity; that’s something I’m learning, and I wish there were a course on how to handle it. I have to be aware that my kinesphere may be larger than I want it to be.”
On how she felt after learning she’d won an Oscar for her performance in 12 Years A Slave:
“I don’t think I will ever be able to really articulate how bizarre it was to hear my name; I’d watched in my pajamas the year before! I felt numb — dazed and confused. I remember feeling light, weightless. More like limbo than cloud nine.”
On the days following the Oscars:
“There was so much going on! It was overwhelming. That’s the thing: You win an Oscar, and immediately people ask how you feel. So you don’t have time to actually feel anything because you have to generate a response. And then some of the feelings you have are so intimate and visceral, words don’t really do them justice.”
On adjusting to life as a celebrity:
“I’ve had somebody say, ‘I want you at my wedding, but I don’t want you to pull focus, so wear jeans!’ Losing my anonymity is something that’s proving to be very challenging…. It’s good for your soul to walk around unnoticed; there’s so much you can’t do when everybody knows who you are. And I so miss those little things.
[I miss little things] like being stupid in public. I used to enjoy doing silly walks on the street with my friends. Like, you know, you’re walking, and then you break out in something completely ridiculous, to kind of spook out the person walking by you. I can’t really do that anymore.”
Check out Lupita’s full interview and photo spread in the December issue of Glamour, which hits stands Nov. 11.
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