The Breakout Star that is Lupita
Every so often a new star is birthed across the horizon, penetrating the Hollywood stratosphere with such an amazing force and presence; we have no choice but to recognize it.
Lupita Nyong’o is that star.
As the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for their debut performance in a feature film, Nyong’o landed her breakout role when she was cast in 12 Years a Slave immediately before graduating from Yale with an MFA in 2012. The film was released in 2013 to great critical acclaim.
Nyong’o received rave reviews for her performance, and was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won. On March 2, 2014, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Mexican actress to win the award, and the first Kenyan to win an Oscar.
As amazing as she is an actress, the burgeoning beauty is also applauded for her incredible fashion sense, “I didn’t pay attention to fashion until now,” the actress insists. “I’m having fun discovering designers who make things that express who I am.”
In 2014, she was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 campaign, with Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote. She has also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including New York’s Spring 2014 fashion issue and UK magazine Dazed & Confused. She has also been a regular on Harper’s Bazaar’s Derek Blasberg’s Best Dressed List since Autumn 2013.
We celebrate Nyong’o’s recent accomplishments, as we continue to witness fashion pay attention to her.
Olivia Ewing is Entertainment Editor for Haute is Magazine and singer-songwriter/fashion enthusiast based in the Detroit area.