Lupita Nyong’o Named Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year
The Oscar-winning actress has had an incredible year, and this is a perfect way to finish it! Lupita looks amazing on the cover, and inside the magazine she opens up about fame! Find out what she had to say below!
It’s been a life-changing year for the 31-year-old actress. Wining the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress definitely changed Lupita’s life! Thinking about that moment when she heard he named called at the show, Lupita revealed, “I don’t think I will ever be able to really articulate how bizarre it was to hear my name at the Academy Awards. I’d watched in my pajamas the year before! I felt numb—dazed and confused. I remember feeling light—weightless. More like limbo than cloud nine. At first I was like, This is my statue; nobody gets to touch it. And by midnight I was like, Please, someone, take this statue; it’s too heavy! So I gave it to my brother, and he went off with it.”
When asked if she imagined the impact 12 Years a Slave would have on the world, Lupita replied, “I knew that it was going to be a powerful story, but I definitely did not think about the impact it would have on my life. I was too busy thinking, ‘How on earth am I going to make it through filming a movie with these heavy hitters?’ I wanted to rise to the occasion.”
After winning the Academy Award, everyone wanted to know everything about Lupita. Fame is something she’s still getting used to though, and it sounds like she’s still adjusting to being a celebrity. When asked how her life has changed since the Oscars, she told the magazine, “This is actually a conversation I look forward to having in 10 years, when all of this is behind me and I have some real perspective on what happened—because right now I’m still adjusting. I guess I feel catapulted into a different place; I have a little whiplash…. I did have a dream to be an actress, but I didn’t think about being famous. And I haven’t yet figured out how to be a celebrity; that’s something I’m learning, and I wish there were a course on how to handle it. I have to be aware that my kinesphere may be larger than I want it to be.”
The actress also discussed “The Lupita Effect.” The effect being that Lupita has gotten so popular that she’s having an impact on beauty and fashion trends, while also playing a huge role in woman of color getting cast in more movies and TV shows. Lupita’s reaction to this? “I giggle,” she told the magazine. “I just heard it for the first time. I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy—that she can… Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Color Purple, it dawned on me: ‘Oh—I could be an actress!’ We plant the seed of possibility.”
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