Lupita Nyong’o in Alexander McQueen at a polo game (update: she got a job)


Here are some new photos of Lupita Nyong’o at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey City, New Jersey over the weekend. Lupita wore this black-and-white Alexander McQueen dress for the event, and her date was her brother. I like the dress, I’m fine with the hat, but I don’t like the matchy-matchy purse. Literally, that purse matches the dress exactly. The blue eyeshadow… well, Lupita loves to have a pop of color with her makeup, which is fine. I tend to think blue eyeshadow looks kind of dated, but Lupita manages to make it look relatively fresh.

I’ve been hoping and hoping that we would get some big announcement about Lupita’s career moves, but all we’re really getting is rumors and “she should be up for ~~~ part.” Vulture ran a piece about casting for the second season of True Detective (which will feature an entirely new cast), and how there is going to a major part for one actress. Vulture dream-casted a list of eight women, and Lupita’s name is on there. I wouldn’t be upset if she got a good part on TV – it might be the smartest move for her.

There is this news though… Lupita optioned the rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. Americanah is a novel about “a love story that centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.” It’s an award-winning novel and it would likely be a great part for Lupita. The problem is that if Lupita has only optioned it now, it’s going to be a while before it can be made into a film.

Update: Lupita has been confirmed for Star Wars! We’ll discuss it further tomorrow.



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  1. Dani2 says:

    I love the make up and I think she looks very cute but I want her to get some roles already! 🙁 I don’t want her to lose momentum (any more than she already has).

    • Audrey says:

      I love the outfit but hate the purse and make up

      The purse is too matchy and the make up just isn’t right for the outfit in my opinion

      • Rae says:

        I love her dress, but I wish the belt was a solid to break up the pattern. Either solid black, or even a pop of color. Agree about the purse.

      • notpretentious says:

        I like matchy, matchy, is that ok? Lol!

      • elisa says:

        I love everything but the purse! I think a nice jewel tone purse (maybe blue) would have been perfect. The matchy purse is actually a little dizzying to look at against the dress to me.

      • Pinky Rose says:

        The dress is lovely. The way accesorized it is wrong and those shoes are hideous.

      • littlestar says:

        If Lupita is the Queen of anything, it’s being the Queen of Matchy Matchy! Lol. My biggest beef about her fashion is how she matches EVERYTHING. She matches her eye shadow to her shoes!

        Very glad to hear she’s in Star Wars! Watched Non-Stop yesterday, was surprised that she really only had a bit part in that movie.

      • floridaseaturtle says:

        I agree, a little too matchy. My suggestion, without changing everything too much… love the hat, shoes are fine, purse is ok…change the dress to a bright orange print with a solid gray belt, same shade as the shoes. I am now a stylist.

    • JWQ says:

      I was just asking myself: is this girl doing anything besides attending red carpet events?

      • Francis says:

        She’s a new starlet with an Academy Award,she has to stay in the public eye and make movies. This may not happen for her again, she has to strike while the iron is hot. Lupita is sizzling right now. I think she’s a fabulous young woman.
        Love her.
        Hear she’s doing Star Wars. YEeeeaaaah!

    • SpookySpooks says:

      This is the best outfit she wore in a while. The dress is very flattering, the hat is lovely. I don’t even mind the purse. But the eyeshadow is appaling.

    • Mixtape says:

      DM just reported she was cast in the new Star Wars. I think she confirmed on Instagram.

    • Tanguerita says:

      I think this whole outfit looks terribly dated. And the eyeshadow is just atrocious.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Love her, but just wish she would drop the blue eyeshadow and think the outfit is unflattering.
    Excited about the film’s potential.

    • lana86 says:

      if i’m being shallow, her bloodshot eyes look odd next to those over-whitened teeth… and the eyeshadow’s not helping… On another note, she is very cute and a decent actress.

      • FLORC says:

        There’s nothing fresh about this look or the eyeshadow. Blue eyeshadow is forever dated unless it’s a statement look.
        And it might be me being too shallow, but she’s so thin and so toned that looking at her exposed sternum makes me do a double take thinking she’s had surgery there.

        The biggest rule about whitening teeth is they should never be whiter than the whites of your eyes. If it is it either makes your teeth look fake or the whites of your eyes look extra red/bloodshot. Tom Brady did this a few years back for a caucasian example.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I mean…I guess it’s appropriate for a polo match but I agree with GoodNames that this dress is just so unflattering and the blue eye shadow is just so…ugh.

      • Dora. says:

        “Over-whitened” teeth? You assume she had them whitened???

      • FLORC says:

        Her teeth have not always been that white. Be it strips, or toothpaste, or the dentist her teeth are whiter through actively whitening.
        Do you assume she’s had unstained teeth since they grew in?

        And it’s very common and nothing to be ashamed of or lie about.

      • Dora. says:

        Florc, I first watched Lupita in Shuga. A Kenyan production. I guess I haven’t seen any difference….. And no. No shame in whitening your teeth. Matter of fact, in my country, some tribes use coal as a teeth whitener. The ‘over whitening’ bit just threw me.

      • T.C. says:


        Her eyes are not bloodshot. This has been explained before by other Celebitches. Some dark-skinned women from Africa and India produce extra melanin in their irises so it looks discolored but it’s natural. She’s also had really white teeth in all her other pictures maybe the contrast with her skin in certain pictures makes it look whiter ?

        I like the old fashion dress and hat on her plus the makeup. The matching purse is too much for me.

      • lana86 says:

        to the topic of the teeth, – I guess I just assumed all Hollywood people have whitened teeth? dont they? BTW, sometimes they look just scary to me. Paula Deen comes to mind.

      • FLORC says:

        Over whitening is sadly a thing. when the whites of the eyes to teeth ratio is off a part of you sees it and throws off your perception of that person. Even if you’re unaware of it.

        Also, she may still whiten to maintain her smile. Lots can dinge your teeth and should could be using strips or gels to just maintain. If that whitens her teeth a few shades it’s only somewhat noticable depending who you are.

  3. Amelia says:

    Underwhelming, but appropriate, I guess. Kind of a 60s vibe.
    It’s been mentioned before, but Lupita has serious work to do on her shoe game.

  4. LAK says:

    I am obsessed by Americanah.

    It’s amazing, can’t see a film version, BUT!!!!! love, love, love it.

    It really speaks to the African in me.

    It has a lot to say about racism and culture and how Africans view the subject of race and culture.

    • Sixer says:

      Yet to read. But I loved Half of a Yellow Sun so much that the first time I read it, I got to the end and went straight back to page one to read it all over again. And considering I read for part of my living, that’s a rare thing for me.

      • LAK says:

        I kept defaulting to Chinua achebe as I read half a yellow sun so I didn’t judge it on it’s own merits. Kept feeling like I was reading a poor second.

        I loved purple hibiscus though. One sitting too.

        With americanah, I read in one sitting and then repeated several times.

        I’ve become quite the bore about it to all my friends.

    • Mia4S says:

      I’ll put it on my “to read” list. If all she has is the option though we are literally years from it becoming a movie.

    • Dora. says:

      I’m in love with Chimamanda. Americanah was incredible. And I’ll die of happiness if Lupita plays Ifemelu.

    • bluhare says:

      I am reading Americanah right now; I can’t believe the coincidence that she optioned it right as I’m reading it on a recommendation from a friend who loved it.

      It is a wonderful book; a little slow to start for me, but once it does, I got sucked right in. I won’t give anything away, but it’s a lovely, lovely story. A great choice for the CB book club, actually. A very good choice. HINT!

      Who should play Obinze?

      • Dora. says:

        I can’t imagine who’d be right for Obinze. Chiwetel maybe? I’ve thought of Don Cheadle but the physique doesn’t match up. Then again, if Lupita plays Ifemelu, there’s a point where she’d have to gain a bit of weight.

      • LAK says:

        For known to the west actors, I think Adewale Agbale who plays ‘Wonbosi’ in the BOURNE IDENTITY or Djimon Housou though he is a tad old for the part.

        For name, but unknown to the west, i’d go for Tony Krogonge (sp?) who is in HOTEL RWANDA.

        I’d also throw in Terry Pheto for Obinze’s wife.

        Chiwetel has just put in a performance as ‘The Master’ in HALF A YELLOW SUN.

    • littlestar says:

      Going to put it on my list of books to read this summer!

  5. eliza says:

    Lovely face but I despise the eyeshadows she and her team put on her. They look very dated and take away from her natural beauty.

  6. smee says:

    I’m not feeling the black hat with her skin tone (or the b&w dress). The cut and fit are great, I just think she looks so much better wearing a bright color or white. I do like how ladylike her dress is – she looks sexy without showing all her wares………

  7. maybeiamcrazy says:

    I love how everything on her is black and white except her nail polish and eye shadow that (suprise) match with each other. She looks lovely and event appropriate.

    I have been planning to read Americanah for quite a while now. Is it really as good as people say?

    • marie says:

      I LOVED it! it was one of the best books I read last year. IMO the best thing about it is how insightful it is, and never talks about what you would expect. Is a great love story which tackles so many topics 🙂

    • LAK says:

      Yes it is.

      Ps: i’m obsessed with this book and take every chance to recommend it to everyone!!!!

  8. Rhea says:

    Hate the shoes, the hat and the purse. But nice dress, though.

    • Lee says:

      Agreed. I think the hat should have a much wider brim to look correct with that dress. As it is, the scale is all wrong.

  9. lucy2 says:

    The close up photo is fabulous.
    Good for her for making moves to get material. She’s got 2 others listed on imdb as rumored right now, so hopefully something pans out.

    The list from Vulture is interesting, I’d like to see any of them take on the role.

  10. Lucretia says:

    Cute, appropriate for the outdoor event. I’m glad to see she is taking the initiative on creating a substantial role for herself, even though it will take a long time; in the meantime, I think she should take the Southpaw role, if she hasn’t already. She needs the experience.

  11. marie says:

    I like everything except for the shoes, I feel like they don’t fit with the style of the dress. I’m so excited about Americanah! I loved the novel and always thought about how it could be as a film.Do you think she’s going to direct as well since she was in film school?

  12. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    It’s a rare woman who can wear anything and make it look stylish (I’m looking at ‘you’ Cate Blanchett) … Lupita is one of those rare flowers among us. She is working that hat, isn’t she? 🙂

  13. Cecilia says:

    This is a very awkward look on Lupita.

  14. Sarah says:

    So where is her next movie project? I really don’t see her staying relevant this way.

  15. Jen says:

    She’s boring now.

  16. LadyS says:

    She’s just so damn gorgeous. However, I must ask again, why is she not working yet? Come on, Lupita, people are starting to forget you!!

  17. Val says:

    Love love LOVE!!

  18. Hissyfit says:

    She better start working on a movie now before she becomes a one movie hit wonder and fade.

  19. I Choose Me says:

    I like everything from the neck up. She wears hats well. The dress is cute enough I suppose but I’m just not feeling it, or the shoes or the bag for that matter.

  20. Larissa says:

    I just finished reading Americanah and loved the book. Beautiful writing. And when I was reading it Lupita Nyong’o was the face that came to my mind as Ifemelu! Can’t wait for the movie.

  21. NN says:

    Um, how is she supposed to work if she isn’t being offered anything? Some of you are way too harsh…it isn’t Lupita’s fault she isn’t being offered roles.
    It’s time people realize black actresses don’t get the same opportunities white actresses get….and don’t blame it on age. Margot Robbie looks much older than Lupita and is still getting booked.
    I honestly thought Margot was in her 30s…
    And I hope she doesn’t take the role as a social worker…I’d rather her wait than take on such a stereotypical (minor) role.
    They say the first few films you do set the standards. If you start out playing certain types of characters, that’s the type of characters you’ll continue on playing so you have to be careful. The first roles kind of define you.

  22. Grant says:

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is going to be AMAZING in the new Star Wars movie. I feel like this is the best thing that she could have possibly done coming off of her Oscar win. I was so bummed when I saw that there were only two females (including Princess Leia) on the roster for the new Star Wars sequel but now that I see that they’re adding Oscar winner Lupita and badass Brienne of Tarth, I can’t wait for this to come out!

  23. Jessica says:

    I think she needs to stay away from the red carpet for awhile. She’s starting to become overexposed.

    • FLORC says:

      That’s mostly due to this site and others like it. Lots of actors not promoting are at these functions. She’s just covered due to bloggers preference and oscar coat tails.

  24. FLORC says:

    I hope she doesn’t ruin star wars. I say this as a hardcore fan over decades with a collection of items and knowledge of star wars that i am both ashamed and proud of. I guess i’ll save it for tomorrow.

  25. Tiffany says:

    So….no photos of her brother…none. Ummm.

  26. Ramona Q. says:

    To me the blue eyeshadow looks modern because she does it on the lower part of the eye, too. It’s kind of becoming her signature look. I love it.

  27. starfan says:

    LOL, at all the pressed people. She’s here to stay whether some of you like it or not. Congrats to Lupita!!!!!!

  28. LadyS says:

    OMG OMG OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK GOD!

  29. Damaris says:

    Seeing how late this announcement is, I hope she doesn’t get some random role that was written specifically for her. On the bright side, she finally has a new job. I can’t wait to see a trailer.

  30. Patty Cake says:

    She looks beautiful but needs to learn how to strike good poses. Otherwise, the fashion won’t show due justice to her body on photos. On a side note, I’m excited to hear the casting news. I think she would do very well in “SW.” They could even go with her natural hair cut for a more spaced-out futuristic look.