This Is What Lupita Nyong’o Looked Like at Age 14

Lupita Nyong'o Talks Natural Beauty
The actress explains her love of going without makeup.

Leave it to Lupita Nyong’o to have the cutest Flashback Friday photo.

Taking to her personal Instagram, the Oscar winner recently shared school portrait of herself when she was a teenager attending Rusinga School in Nairobi. At the tender age of 14, young Nyong’o had “full eyebrows and fringes/bangs.”

The actress wrote:

#fbf school days. Shout-out to full eyebrows and fringes/bangs at 14. #RusingaSchoolNairobi

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So, why did Nyong’o get rid of her hair? According to the 12 Years a Slave star, she had to shave it off at 19 because it was so damaged by chemical treatments.

“It wasn’t on a whim—I spent days thinking about it first,” the 32-year-old told Redbook in 2014. “Once I did it, it was very liberating, but I also felt very naked. When you feel the wind on your scalp, it’s like, Oh, my God. But I’ve kept my hair short ever since.”