Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has landed another stunning cover for Vogue magazine and it’s straight couture flexing. In the spread, the actress is the muse of all manner of fall couture. Her feature story is one of both delight and vast historical intensity.
Lupita is one of Hollywood’s most radical success stories, having earned an Academy Award for her supporting role in her first on screen film (12 Years A Slave). This is an extremely rare occurrence at the Academy Awards, and it propelled Lupita into immediate stardom. She then became the muse of fashion houses like Givenchy, Prada, and Dior, landing a fashion campaign for Miu Miu as well. After recently becoming the Ambassador for the French beauty brand Lancome, the actress has worked her way steadily up the list as one of Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ of the moment.
For Lupita’s breathtaking new spread for Vogue, the actress encapsulates a most majestic nature and an ethereal element of style. Here is the enchanting spread, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
If your jaw isn’t dropping right now, I suggest you look again. Lupita is the utter embodiment of class, style, and elegance. No wonder she’s a muse for so many of our generation’s most talented artists.
Inside the cover of the magazine also lies an in-depth interview with Lupita herself, and it sheds some light on why her fashion aesthetic is so magnetic—because it’s just so very genuine.
Even though Lupita, 32, works with a stylist, both her stylist and Lupita have to agree one hundred percent on a gown for any event before Lupita puts it on. This makes sure that Lupita has full creative control over her clothing, and makes her entire persona and personal style even more genuine.
Lupita’s bespoke style harkens back to her childhood in Kenya, where she said that making clothes is much cheaper than buying clothes. “In Kenya it’s much cheaper to get clothes made than to buy them. We would have everything run up by a tailor, or my aunt Kitty, who is very creative, would sew things for me.”
Clearly, this gave Lupita a love of fashion that has never deserted this powerhouse star. She has an old-world mentality when it comes to fashion and style, another characteristic she attributes to her Kenyan upbringing: “Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting.”
What a singularly amazing woman to feature on the October cover, no small feat to follow September’s Beyonce. Dare I say that Lupita even outshines Queen B herself. These photos don’t lie. Lupita is a dominant force in both film and fashion.
Photos courtesy Vogue magazine