This morning Oscar-winning Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, the lead star in recent film “12 Years a Slave,” was dubbed “World’s Most Beautiful” by PEOPLE Magazine. Not only did she receive the honor of making the list of 50, but her radiant smile was also showcased on the cover of the magazine issue.
It is incredible for an African woman to be represented as the face of the renowned PEOPLE magazine. I commend PEOPLE for recognizing Nyong’o for her accomplishments as well as her outstanding beauty. Nyong’o has dark skin, a beaming smile and short natural hair, which I believe has made her stand out from other women in the Hollywood scene.
Nyong’o told PEOPLE, “She first equated beauty with what she saw on television: ‘Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,’ she says. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” This message and perception holds very true for women, specifically women of African descent. I am personally very inspired to see Nyong’o on the cover of PEOPLE, and I’m positive that other young women feel the same. This is a very powerful way to spread awareness of the fact that beauty comes in a variety of shapes, colors and styles. I hope that more diverse images of beauty will be continued to be displayed in American popular culture. Lupita OWNS this cover and everything else she’s conquered and as an African-American woman, I am very proud to see this.