Wednesday, 23 April 2014

SHAME To You Bleachers! Black Colour Rocks

Lupita Nyong'o Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful
She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancôme Paris, but Lupita Nyong'o "never dreamed" she would be touted as "Most Beautiful" for all the world to see. 

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old says of gracing this year's cover. And especially, "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen." 

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong'o 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." Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, "always said I was beautiful," Nyong'o adds. "And I finally believed her at some point."

As a teen, Nyong'o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. "It was very strange and very cold!" she says, laughing. "It was scary but I like to dare myself." 

Now she says the best compliments are "when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on," she adds. "And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing."

And others who’ve held deemed beautiful over the years:

2013 Gwyneth Paltrow
2012 Beyoncé
2011 Jennifer Lopez
2010 Julia Roberts
2009 Christina Applegate
2008 Kate Hudson
2007 Drew Barrymore
2006 Angelina Jolie
2005 Julia Roberts
2004 Jennifer Aniston
2003 Halle Berry
2002 Nicole Kidman
2001 Catherine Zeta-Jones
2000 Julia Roberts
1999 Michelle Pfeiffer
1998 Leonardo DiCaprio

1997 Tom Cruise

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