Lupita Nyong’o captured hearts with her performance as slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and she sparked inspiration and drew tears during her acceptance speech when she won an Oscar for he same role. Her story and life journey made her more than just a pretty face; it established her as a beautiful soul. That is one of the reasons Nyong’o has been named People’s “Most Beautiful” woman as announced on April 23.
It has already been an eventful year for the 31-year-old Nyong’o. From her stunning appearances on red carpet runways to her various magazine covers, the raising star is just beginning to scratch the surface of stardom. But it is the type of fame she “never dreamed” of or even expected when she was a young girl being raised in Kenya. As a dark skinned girl she grew up believing that the definition of beauty was everything that was opposite of her: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair.”
It took convincing from her mother, but a young Nyong’o finally believed she was beautiful and now the world is seeing that beauty. Not only has she landed a contract with Lancome Paris, she has graced the cover of high profile magazines. But what makes Nyong’o so beautiful is the way she has remained humble and always remembers where she came from and what made her dreams possible. She has become a beautiful soul because of her influence on other young African girls who now look up to her.
In a recent interview with BET, Ghanian filmmaker Nicole Amarteifo talked about her groundbreaking Web series “An African City.” The series is centered on five young, attractive, independent women living in Accra. Amateifo mentioned that the one person she hopes catches a glimpse of the web series is Nyong’o who she says is the “modern African woman.”
“She’s beautiful, she’s intellectual and creative, that’s what the girls in African cities aspire to be. I also want to meet anybody who can put financial backing into the project,” Amateifo says in the interview. That may just be up Nyong’o’s ally, especially as a woman who was once one of those girls and has grown into the “Most Beautiful” woman in the world.