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People magazine names Lupita Nyong'o 'Most Beautiful Person of the Year'

According to the Huffington Post on Wednesday, the cover of People magazine's annual "Most Beautiful People of 2014" cover was unveiled on NBC's Today show. Many people were not surprised to learn that Lupita Nyong'o was named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person.

Lupita Nyong'o named People magazine Most Beautiful Person of the Year
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Nyong'o recently won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actresss in this year's Best Picture, "12 Years a Slave." Soon afterward she signed a contract with Lancome Paris and constantly lands on "best dressed" lists with every red carpet appearance.

After learning of her honor of gracing the cover, Nyong'o told People magazine, "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."

The 31-year-old actress become a role model for all children with dark skin. At the Academy Awards, she ended her speech by saying, "I look down at this golden statue, and may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you're from, your dreams are valid."

Nyong'o's Oscar-winning speech was not the first time she had talked about her dark skin. When she won the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in February, she moved the audience when she read a letter from a black girl who had tried to lighten her skin. Then Nyong'o said how she herself remembered a time when she also felt not beautiful because of her dark skin.

Nyong'o was fairly unknown until her award-winning performance in Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave." This was her first role after completing a master's degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama. Since then, Nyong'o has won numerous other awards and nominations.

Besides Nyong'o, People magazine named others as beautiful such as Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Julianna Margulies and Stacy Kiebler.

It is interesting that two popular magazines have black women on their covers this month. While Lupita Nyong'o is on People magazine as the Most Beautiful Person of 2014, Beyonce is on the cover of Time magazine as the Most Influential Person of 2014.

Both magazines are now on the newsstands.

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