For her first cover with InStyle, Lupita Nyong’o shares her views about the level of diversity in Hollywood, where she finds her inspiration, and how she’s avoiding the “Oscar curse.”
“It’s the constant forgiving of oneself,” she tells InStyle. “I’m never going to allow any type of [failure] to be the definition of my talent or my skill or me.”
Nyong’o is focused on the process of it all (“it” here meaning life) and is working on staying true to herself and finding opportunities to succeed; even within the lack of diversity surrounding the creative ebb and flow of the tellings of Hollywood’s stories. “Change has to happen with the writers, the studio, the marketers, the directors,” she states. “That’s got to be diversified because there is a hunger for the expansion of the role of people of color in the center of narratives.”
With her incredible, and Oscar-winning, performance in 12 Years a Slave and her roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Broadway play Eclipsed, the 33-year-old actress has quite the track record. InStyle magazine even labels her as “one of Hollywood’s most refreshing and consistent style icons” and it’s easy to see why.
On this month’s cover of InStyle Magazine Lupita Nyong’o poses in a beautiful emerald, mesh, off the shoulder dress with a tie at the waist by Proenza Schouler. The rest of the spread, photographed by Thomas Whiteside and styled by Melissa Rubini, showcases Lupita in pieces by Fendi, Prada, Alexander Wang, Luis Vuitton, and more.
This natural beauty is breaking out of her supporting actress light and hitting the ground running. Keep an eye, and maybe an ear, out for Lupita in two upcoming Disney films – a voice-over role in Jon Favreau’s live-action The Jungle Book (in theaters April 15th) and Mira Nair’s chess-prodigy drama, Queen of Katwe (set to come out this fall!).
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