Lupita Nyong'o was named the Most Beautiful Person in 2014. People Magazine gave the honor and cover of it's latest issue to the Academy Award winning actress. The world has embraced the new face to represent beauty in a diverse world. Last year the magazine chose Gwyneth Paltrow and was met with a backlash from readers. Here are our favorite red carpet looks that the actress wore during awards season.
People Most Beautiful Cover
Lupita Nyong'o told People that she "never dreamed" she would be touted as "Most Beautiful" for all the world to see.
The world loved the actress in her powder blue Prada gown at the Oscars. The actress who was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya was inspired by her homeland.
"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old says of gracing this year's cover. And especially, "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
Lupita turned heads in a dramatic red Ralph Lauren cape dress.Nyong'o told the press "I've only worn things that speak to me."
Nyong'o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she says. "Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess." Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, "always said I was beautiful," Nyong'o adds. "And I finally believed her at some point."
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Lupita took our breath away in two green dresses during Awards season. We loved her Gucci dress at the SAG awards that made her look like a beautiful statue. We were also amazed by her emerald Dior Couture gown at the BAFTA awards.
As a teen, Nyong'o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. "It was very strange and very cold!" she says, laughing. "It was scary but I like to dare myself."
Lupita has become a fashion icon because every color compliments her flawless complexion.
No wonder the beauty has landed a contract with Lancome Paris.
Lupita showed off her slender figure in a white Calvin Klein dress with cut outs at the 19th Annual Critics Choice Awards. Nyong'o is the current face of a global Prada campaign.
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Lupita loves to take fashion risks like the rainbow colored Chanel dress she rocked at the MTV awards.
Now she says the best compliments are "when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on," she adds. "And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing."
That is why we love that Lupita Nyong'o was named the Most Beautiful Person in 2014.