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Lupita Nyong'o: People's Most Beautiful 2014!

Lupita Nyong'o: People's Most Beautiful 2014!

Lupita Nyong’o has been chosen as the prestigious cover girl for People‘s Most Beautiful issue!

Here’s what the 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner had to share with the mag:

On being named People‘s Most Beautiful: “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.”

On what she used to think ideal beauty was: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

On her favorite thing: “When I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.”

Also making People’s Most Beautiful list are Keri Russel, Jenna Dewan, Mindy Kaling, Pink, Amber Heard, Gabrielle Union, Molly Sims, Stacy Keibler, and Kerry Washington.

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84 Responses to “Lupita Nyong'o: People's Most Beautiful 2014!”

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  1. 1
    cutiespie Says:

    Everyone has their own taste and some people are incomparable. These lists are silly and change every year.

  2. 2
    mmmm Says:

    ………..if you say so

  3. 3
    media Says:

    I like what she says but wtf with:

    “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair. Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”

    What does she mean? that we tend to like more those features just by nature?

  4. 4
    lauren901 Says:

    aka thank her publicist.

  5. 5
    Rocky Says:

    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. THANK GOD I didn’t have to see another ‘white’ face woman on cover of People’s Most Beautiful.

  6. 6
    scandinavian Says:

    @cutiespie: Apparently, people’s tastes in beauty vary from one year to another.

  7. 7
    Jen Says:

    lol was this the “big news” she was going on about? Girl, how about you get another job?

    She is beautiful though.

  8. 8
    ladyb Says:

    She’s beautiful – People Magazine chose the right person. I thought Anna Wintour should have put her on the cover of Vogue after the Oscar win – But she’s too busy licking Kimye’s you know what.

  9. 9
    R.T. Says:

    @media: I think she’s saying that we tend to conform to the “standard” of beauty that’s presented to us. Women with dark skin and natural hair aren’t normally lauded as the most beautiful in tv, movies, magazines, etc.

  10. 10
    allison Says:

    These list are silly and yes each person has his/her own opinion of what is beautiful. Quite frankly I think most of the time People Mag gets the most beautiful and sexist man alive wrong 95% of the time. But it’s good to know that these silly lists can included someone that looks like Lupita.

  11. 11
    Cate Says:

    I don’t deny that she is lovely but she clearly has a very good team because the People Most Beautiful cover is a publicity tool so it’s very impressive they landed this for a newbie. At least Lupita is a better choice than last year’s alleged most beautiful, Gwyneth Paltrow.

  12. 12
    BJ Says:

    She is pretty–I’m still upset about the oscars, don’t think she was deserving of that award. Have not heard about any new movies that she will be in, after the wards she just fell into a crack someplace.

  13. 13
    scandinavian Says:

    I find her very cute and nice but physically speaking she’s average.

  14. 14
    Liz Says:


    I think she means that we tend to value other’s attributes more than our own. Many girls with straight hair envy girls with curls and vice versa. Her example was perhaps a personal example and the complete opposite of her own beauty.

  15. 15
    Lena Says:

    Dang! Again THIS year. What is UP with the friggin’ post office?. I have been waiting, and watching and waiting and watching, but it was the same thing THIS year as LAST year with Gwen Paltrow. And for the last 10 years before that, and so on and so on…is it a conspiracy against ONLY me, or are others having problems with their mail too? LOL…

    I did NOT get MY BALLOT to VOTE on this. I figure since they are deciding the most beautiful woman in the world, surely, ballots should go out to all 7 billion of us to give OUR personal input right? Especially the over 1 billion in China cause I bet their voting block really really wanted Paltrow to win last year (sarcasm intended), LOL :). Why do they get to decide for all of the world?

    I mean isnt it the biggest insult of all time to be TOLD who we are supposed to think is the most beautiful person on the planet? Yeah, I think I will PASS on buying PEOPLE this month. Not interested in the aesthetic lecture. And for those eager beavers just itching for a fun game of let’s claim racism, let me just launch the pre emptive bite me, as I felt the SAME way when PEOPLE did it with PALTROW last year. (She is a blonde white woman)

  16. 16
    media Says:

    @Liz: thank you Liz. I can see clearly now.

  17. 17
    Frenchy Says:

    You know I was just thinking that this issue comes around this time of the year. Congrats to Lupita. She seems like an all around cool chick.

  18. 18
    what Says:

    @Lena: Most likely you don’t buy any magazines because all these publications have some type of best list of the world. Yet don’t poll everyone in the world to find the answer.

  19. 19
    Yeah Yeah Says:

    I always find the People cover thing cheesy. Lupita looks stunning on the cover though. She’s beautiful.

  20. 20
    busted Says:

    Finally a cover that is RIGHT.. glad for her. Well deserved. I hope she get the roles she deserves. And yes this is beautiful for any woman of color. Beauty comes in all shades.

  21. 21
    floretta50 Says:

    Actress Lupita Nyong’o couldn’t have come at a better time. Sends a strong message to black African American women to love themselves as God made them. the strong desire by African American women to get the physical attributes of people of other races. the hair,skin color is a sad discourse hundreds of years after slavery. Some people have to remember that America is predominantly white, Africans have their mother country, Latino’s have their mother country and the Europeans that settled this country should have the right to own their country too. Fairness!

  22. 22
    leah Says:

    @what: most beautiful people does not equal REAL MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE .It’s more a : most beautiful starlets actresses and so called musicians

  23. 23
    NN Says:

    It was obvious it would be Lupita and I couldn’t agree more…also Jennifer and Amber, the three are like the “IT” girls now

  24. 24
    celestialacademician Says:

    Lupita is a pretty woman, but can we stop with the whole “you can only be pretty if you have lighter skin and long hair” schtick. I’m soooooo tired of hearing it. There are darker skinned women who are stunning (natural hair or not). Then there are darker skinned women who are not. Whoopi Goldberg is an amazing actress, but imo isn’t physically attractive (sorry). I just wish we (black community) would stop with that BS. The truth is there are women (in ALL races) that just aren’t physically attractive point blank (and it has nothing to do with race or skin color).

  25. 25
    cute Says:

    I find her pretty….

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