Lupita Nyong’o Scores First ‘Vogue’ Cover, Recalls Weeping After Watching ’12 Years a Slave’

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From Oscar to Vogue.

Lupita Nyong’o looks absolutely flawless (did we expect anything less?) on the July 2014 cover of Vogue magazine.

In the cover story, English fashion extraordinaire Hamish Bowles describes the Oscar winner as “cucumber-cool,” “beautiful and hieratic as an ancient Egyptian statue of a cat goddess dressed in Prada’s magenta Deco-print dress licked with silver that is dazzling against her luminous skin.”

Here are some other highlights from the feature:

Like us, Lupita cried like a baby after watching ’12 Years a Slave.’

“I remember it being one of the most joyful times in my life — and also one of the most sorrowful. I didn’t want my experience to be a vain one. But I will say that when I watched it, my heartstrings were pulled so tight for Solomon that I couldn’t go into the ego trip. I cried — I mean, I was inconsolable. I wept for an hour after the movie.”

She still doesn’t really remember her Oscar night.

“I was just repeating my name in my head, so I didn’t know whether I had said my name or they had said my name! And then my little brother screamed, and time was suspended and it was just noise in my head . . . people are still filling me in on what happened after. My mother says I cried during the speech; I don’t believe her.”



In the ‘Star Wars’ world, Lupita connects most with R2-D2 and C-3PO.

“They just resonated with me. Being able to convey emotions with just a few digital sounds — it speaks of good storytelling.”

Let’s hope she gets to share a scene with one of those guys in the new Star Wars film.

Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams, arrives in theaters December 2015. For more of Lupita Nyong’o, pick up the July issue of Vogue.

[All photos courtesy of Mikael Jansson/Vogue]