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Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong'o: I’ve Worked Hard to Feel Beautiful in My Skin

Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong'o: I’ve Worked Hard to Feel Beautiful in My Skin

12 Years a Slave Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o shows off her amazing beauty in these close up shots from Glamour magazine’s March 2014 issue.

Here’s what the 30-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On if makeup bolsters confidence: “I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes. They had these archaic rules: For example, girls couldn’t wear makeup. I found it so outrageous that an all-boys school could tell girls to not wear makeup! So I went on a campaign. I got a petition signed and everything. If a girl wants to wear makeup to boost confidence, why not? [But] I’ve worked hard to feel beautiful in my natural skin. Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful.”

On her skincare secrets: “I love using natural oils. I use avocado oil and Hawaiian Kukui Oil on my face. I like to keep things natural, simple, and straightforward.”

On getting into character for her emotional 12 Years a Slave role: “I remember in my very first fitting, [costume designer Patricia Norris] gave me a garment with these intricate stitches—stitches over stitches, because it had been repaired so many times. Once I put it on, she told me that it belonged to an actual slave woman. My heart just stopped. Each one of the stitches had a story, you know. Just recognizing this period I was going to be dancing with was a “come to Jesus” moment.”

For more from Lupita, visit Glamour.com.

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