Lupita Nyong’o covers Marie Claire: ‘Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing!’

May 2014 - Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o is one of five cover girls for the May issue of Marie Claire, and she’s the only woman of color in the group too. Personally, I think her photoshoot is the best, and I just want to talk about her so forget those other ladies! The camera really loves her, right? It’s not even a “oh, she’s so air-brushed” situation. Her skin really is that flawless. Some highlights from the interview:

On being called gorgeous: “Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing! But at the same time, I don’t want to thrive on people’s opinions of me.”

On waiting for her category at awards shows: “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It’s an internally loud moment. It’s not even about the outcome; it’s about the agony of the unknown. It’s like waiting for test results in a hospital.”

On this past year: “It was phenomenal. As brilliant as it was, onward ho. I hope that I will get to work soon. In due time, what I should do next and what I want to do next will reveal themselves. I am not in the business of trying to top this year – that’s virtually impossible. I’d have to be pronounced the queen of England or something.”

Her fashion education: “I wasn’t a follower of fashion. It was a world unknown. Then I met my stylist, Micaela Erlanger [introduced to her by friend and Non-Stop costar Michelle Dockery], and we came to interpret my style: clean lines, strong color. I don’t dress to impress; I don’t feel that pressure.”

Meeting Sidney Poitier: “I met Sidney Poitier, who has been someone I’ve looked up to and a blessing from afar. It was an incredible thing and something that I hold very dear to my heart.”

[From Marie Claire]

You know what I think serves Lupita the best? She has good instincts. Maybe I’m reading her the wrong way (it’s possible), but she surrounds herself with talented professionals who give her great advice, but she also has great gut instincts about when she should step forward and when she should step back. She leaves me wanting more, which is a good place for an actress/ingénue. Mostly I’m just glad that she’s not complaining about how pretty she is. No Jessica Biel-isms or Rob Lowe-isms here, thank God.

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Photos courtesy of Cedric Buchet/Marie Claire.

 

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  1. Kiddo says:

    “I hope that I will get to work soon.” is depressing to hear.

  2. Saywhat? says:

    That close up is gorgeous.

  3. PixieWitch says:

    that skin, those lips, it give me chills. and i’m a girl!

  4. blue marie says:

    She is gorgeous BUT why did they put her in a prom dress?

  5. Jade says:

    On waiting for her category at awards shows: “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It’s an internally loud moment. It’s not even about the outcome; it’s about the agony of the unknown. It’s like waiting for test results in a hospital.”

    Gah really? Comparing an awards show to being in a hospital waiting for a test result?

    How daft and completely naive of her.

    #someoneneedsmorelifeexperience

  6. Nadee says:

    That white and black dress/pic should have been the cover. Stunning. I agree with her saying ‘I hope to work soon’. It’s honestly not her fault she’s not been casted in anything in Hollywood because clearly they are still living in a primitive era. Theatre in new York will gladly welcome her since she’s pretty much classically trained for that. Wish her the best.

  7. Maritza says:

    I love her! She is so poised and articulate besides being beautiful and talented.

  8. Side-Eye says:

    “Being called beautiful is not a bad thing! ”

    *side-eyes Scarjo*

  9. Tadzio says:

    Come on Jade and Minime. You two can’t be serious. Lupita was just talking about the waiting and the anticipation feeling that we all get. Her comparison wasn’t offensive at all. It’s a universal feeling. Lupita is an attractive woman. I like her street style. This is what irritates me in the black community. The whole colorism problem. There are some physically attractive darker skinned women. Attractiveness has absolutely nothing to do with whether one is light or dark (or even facial symmetry). It’s whatever the individual’s naked eye finds appealing. This is why beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Each person has their own opinion about who or what they think is beautiful or not beautiful.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Beautiful photos, and I like her attitude about this past year.
    I hope she has some good offers, and makes some good choices. As for the “test results” comment – maybe not the best way to put it, but I get the impression she was just looking for an example of waiting under tension. I don’t imagine she truly equates medical issues with an award or intended to trivialize that.

  11. Suzanne says:

    She gives me goosebumps! So beautiful, and she presents herself very well.

  12. Lia says:

    The face close-up is everything!

  13. Jade says:

    The flawless adoration and preening over Lupita on this site is hilarious to say the least. When more than a hundred women on this site berate Goop for saying that she had it harder than women who work 9-5, then epically flawless Lupita gets a pass for saying something dumb. And yes that comparison was dumb and annoying…

    One hit wonder indeed. I’ll likely change my tune if I see her in anything else but until then, lets tone it down shall we?

  14. Kay says:

    The photo with the orange neck covering is awesome!