9. Ralph Fiennes was a big part of her pursuit in acting
Yup. The Dark Lord gave her a thumbs up. When she was in school, she worked as a production assistant for The Constant Gardner (as well as The Namesake), and it was on set where she met Ralph Fiennes, who told her “If there’s something else you want to do, do that. Only act if you feel you can’t live without it.” Clearly, acting is in Lupita’s blood.
10. Her family is a force to be reckoned with
Her ENTIRE family is super accomplished and prolific. Her father is a Kenyan Senator, her mother is the head of the Africa Cancer Foundation, and her cousin Isis made the Forbes list of Most Powerful African Women.
11. She just seems like sweetest person, ever.
There is something remarkably amiable and charming about Lupita. She’s always wearing this infectious, genuine smile, and she’s never ashamed of taking celebrity selfies.
12. Her best friend is her brother
Peter Nyong’o was her date for the Oscars! There’s nothing cuter than sibling love.
13. She uses her fame for a good cause
After she produced her documentary, In My Genes, she starred in a Kenyan television series, Shuga, which examines sexual relationships in Nairobi. Its goal was to educate teenagers about safe sex and promote HIV awareness.
14. Lupita is beautiful inside and out
People Magazine named her as “Most Beautiful Person for 2014” and I cannot agree more. And it’s not just because she’s stylish and physically gorgeous; she radiates strength and determination. She’s such an important role model for all of us. Furthermore, there are not enough women of color in the media, and it’s refreshing to see Hollywood start to include some diversity. Lupita stated, “I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin.” Lupita’s popularity sends a message for all girls who have felt marginalized at any point of their lives, or discriminated against. Let’s keep it up, Hollywood.
15. Can we just take a moment to appreciate Lupita’s flawless bold lip?