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Lupita Nyongo is on Vogue July Cover in Prada & Lancome Ad Campaign

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Lupita Nyong'o is Vogue's July cover girl. The Oscar winning actress is wearing a Prada dress on the cover of the latest issue. The beauty is also the ambassador for Lancome's Teint Idole foundation. The newest Lancome ads highlight the diversity of skin tones while featuring the stunning complexion of the African born starlet.

The lavish Vogue shoot was filmed on location in Marrakech Morroco. One photo from the spread was taken in the entrance hall of Marakech's exclusive Ksar Char-Bagh resort. According to Vogue the resort is tucked away in the city's palm cove. Another picture shows the lanky actress lounging in a Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci marigold bodysuit was photographed at a private dipping pool atop on of Ksar Char-Bagh's towers.

Lupita is stunning in several outfits including an oxblood J.Crew swimsuit, Yossi Harrari cuffs and Casadei for Prabal Gurung heels.

Hamish Bowles describes Lupita"…as beautiful and hieratic as an ancient Egyptian statue of a cat goddess”. Lupita's rise to fame was noteworthy due to her head turning outfits that turned her into a fashion superstar. "For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at and it was me!"

Lupita stands out in a Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, a Rodarte frock with sequins and a Jonathan Saunders checkered dress.

The Oscar winning actress also shows off her hair braiding skills in the fashion bible. Vogue features a video on their website of Lupita braiding the hair of a group of girlfriends. She confesses that she wanted to become a professional at the craft but did not have the heart to charge anyone to turn a profit.

On a recent Monday afternoon in June, Lupita Nyong’o is hovering above six of her closest friends, who are swiveling atop the black leather barber style chairs inside New York City’s sunlit Ludlow Blunt salon. They have come from all over the Eastern seaboard for the day to have Nyong’o braid their hair. “Lu’s ‘Do’s,’” they call out, referencing the Oscar-winning actress’s hidden talent for professional-level plaiting, before breaking into peels of laughter. “Four and a half stars on Yelp!”
As Nyong’o sets to twisting Bantu knots, sculpting dookie braids, and meticulously sectioning hair into cornrows, her friends close their eyes and lean to her will.

It’s a ritual they’ve been taking part of together for over a decade, since the Kenya-bred actress made a vow to master the skill while attending Amherst’s Hampshire College after finding herself “morbidly disappointed” with braiding salons stateside. She vowed to learn how to style her own and held hopes of turning it into a money-making “side hustle” at drama school. It turned out to be neither; holding her arms above her own head for such a long time felt like “an act of madness,” she laughingly admits, and she didn’t have the heart to charge her friends.

What braiding did become was an unlikely asset for acting training—she credits the skill with keeping her awake during hours long classes at Hampshire and, later the Yale School of Drama, and for forging lasting, intimate relationships with the “genuine,” “honest,” “creative” friends who continue to “challenge me and require me to grow as a human being.”



Joking aside, it’s a painstaking process that Nyong’o takes seriously. “Your hair is your frame—it’s so important,” she says. And, she emphasizes, “braiding tells a story,” marking the body with a symbol of communal affection. As Mutiti says simply, “braiding connects.”

These days, as the growing responsibilities of life, family, and career take hold, the ritual remains precious between friends. “I’m really hoping the acting thing does work out,” says Nyong’o with a smile. “Then this can remain a hobby for those lucky few.” source

The July issue of Vogue is now available on newstands.

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