For the second month in a row, Vogue is featuring a black woman on it’s cover!
This time, the lovely Lupita Nyong’o graces the perennial publication for the second time since July of last year.
Inside, we learn a bit more about the humble Queen – including the emotions that came with trying on her first couture gown. “I didn’t know the power of couture until I tried on a couture dress,” Nyong’o told author Plum Sykes. “It made me cry.”
Lupita also reveals that style was ingrained in her at a young age in her native country. “Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip flops. My mother always had her own own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting. Her nails were always perfectly done.”
But the greatest thing about Lupita? Her drive and desire to give back.
“I wanted to go back to Kenya with something to say,” she continues. “I was raised with a strong sense of charity. When I was younger I volunteered with an orphanage. I did a lot of organizing of church events.” Her mother, who runs her own public-relations company, also raises money for cancer. Besides returning to Nairobi a WildAid ambassador, Lupita hosted mentoring events for groups of arts-focused school children aged between ten and eighteen. “When I was that age I would have liked someone to talk to me. Because what I found when I was growing up was that there was no real understanding of what it meant to be in a creative field.”
I love her! I definitely can’t wait to pick up my copy on newsstands – how about you?