Lupita Nyong'o is no stranger to major magazine covers such as Vogue. This is the second time in her career the Oscar Award-winning Kenyan starlet has been featured as the Vogue cover girl. She features in the upcoming October issue. In an interview that took place in both Brooklyn New York and Luoland,Kenya, she talked to Elizabeth Rubin about a melange of things.One of them being her role in the critically acclaimed film, Queen of Katwe. She played the mother of a Ugandan girl from the village of Katwe, who becomes a national chess champion and international chess master. She also goes into details about how she felt in the past about her dark skin. She says in the article:
“I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that. I realize that with what I shared at the Essence awards.”
The article also delves into past events that affected her family,such as her parents' self-imposed exile to Mexico and how Lupita got her mexican name. An account is given about the torture of her father at the infamous Nyayo House chambers in Nairobi.
Pictures accompanying the article were shot by renowned photographer Mario Testino at Lupita's native home in a variety of settings.From warm,family monochrome shots at her parents' rural house to pictures at sunset on the shores of Lake Victoria.The outfits and an uninhibited Lupita were breathtaking to say the least.
The styling was executed beautifully and kept within the vibrant African theme. Lupita was dressed in some notable African designs such as a Duro Olowu silk coat and skirt from the Fall/Winter Collection 2016. She also wears earrings from Soko, a 'made in Kenya' jewellery brand. On top of that, she donned other colourful ensembles from international brands like Valentino,Chanel Zac Posen and Givenchy among others.
The makeup featured luminous, dewy skin and flesh tone colours for lips and eyes. They kept her look fresh and youthful as well as natural.
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