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Lupita Nyong'o Becomes 2nd Black African Woman to Cover 'Vogue'!

Lupita Nyong'o Becomes 2nd Black African Woman to Cover 'Vogue'!

Lupita Nyong’o looks absolutely breathtaking while posing for the cover of Vogue‘s July 2014 issue.

The 31-year-old actress becomes only the second black African woman to ever grace the cover of the magazine. The other is Ethiopian model Liya Kebede. Here is what Lupita had to share with the mag:

On watching herself in 12 Years a Slave: “I was really nervous about seeing myself in 12 Years a Slave because it had been such a profound experience in all ways. I remember it being one of the most joyful times in my life — and also one of the most sorrowful. I didn’t want my experience to be a vain one. But I will say that when I watched it, my heartstrings were pulled so tight for [the main character] Solomon that I couldn’t go into the ego trip. I cried — I mean, I was inconsolable. I wept for an hour after the movie.”

On being photographed by paparazzi for the first time: “For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at — and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”

On being intrigued by Star Wars‘ R2-D2 and C-3PO: “They just resonated with me. Being able to convey emotions with just a few digital sounds—it speaks of good storytelling… It’s a wonderful opportunity to be working in these fantastical realms. They’re worlds away from 12 Years a Slave, that’s for sure—but that kind of diversity is what dreams are made of.”

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  • Nkosi

    Liya! I’d have thought Iman or Alek Wek would have had a Vogue cover…Well done Lupita!

  • eek

    pec cleavage

  • Frank

    Charlize Theron doesn’t count as African?

  • Cassandra

    Looks lovely but Halle has never been on vouge yet Kim has? That’s plain bulls••t and just sad and embarrassing for all of the people at vouge

  • Clara

    Wow, she looks absolutely gorgeous! ♡ But I still think that it would be better if she focused more on her acting career that on photo shoots and Hollywood parties. Sure, she was in Non-Stop, got the part in the upcoming Star Wars Episode, and as her performance in 12 Years a Slave was literally groundbreaking, totally deserves to enjoy all benefits of being famous. However, more projects definitely wouldn’t hurt. Go, Lupita!!! ^__^

  • Amy

    I’m glad that the idiots at Vogue finally got a clue but they should have put Lupita on the cover of their September issue.

  • Living in a box

    Are they trying to said Vogue actually is for white people? Any other ethnicity are not allowed to be on the cover?

  • jojo

    @Cassandra: halle has been on the cover a couple of times

  • allison

    I think some of you are getting confuse with Jared’s title of the this thread. Lupita is the 2nd black person from the continent of Africa to be on the cover of US Vogue. There have been many African Americans that have been on the cover as well other races.

  • :)

    i wish she got the september vogue cover but im assuming its going to go to cate blanchett. she looks gorgeous

  • allison

    @:): She’s only been a major factor in one movie. Being on any cover of Vogue is great.

  • Teeter

    By going to parties, she is focusing on her career. A large part of getting jobs in Hollywood is all about who you know. It’s friends making movies with and giving awards to friends. I’m sure she’s meeting important people at these parties that she never would have met otherwise. – She does look fabulous!

  • reallynow

    Haven’t Halle Berry, Beyonce, and Mrs Obama covered Vogue?

  • Frank

    @allison: The article clearly states that Ms. Nyong’o is “only the second African woman to ever grace the cover of the magazine.” No descriptor of race is included. Doesn’t Charlize Theron count as African?

  • Lupita Nyong’o


    September 2010 for example

  • Amy

    the first one is Kanye

  • Lupita Nyong’o


    It’s African born. Not African Americans

  • Lupita Nyong’o


    She had January. It’s probably the reunion of the Sept 2004 models or Angelina Jolie

  • Clara

    @Teeter: If so, good for her! I’m still kinda worried because people like Blake Lively attend almost every other party but their film careers are still a joke, but Lupita stands out with an innate acting talent and maybe more connections are really going to help her become even more successful and esteemed actress.

  • Jordy

    They are saying AFRICAN. Not AFIRCAN AMERICAN. Yes Charlize should count as that. Just because she’s white she is from South Africa. But I think she became an American citizen before her cover so perhaps that’s why. Just because you’re black does not mean you’re full blooded African.

  • Elisa

    finally vogue doing the things right after the kim kardashian episode, lupita is a great actress classy and deserve a cover

  • Margaret

    And what if she was the second asian woman to cover Vogue?
    You cant deny she did a great job in that movie.

  • Xoxo

    But Charlize Theron is African though …..
    Congrats Lupita
    Maybe they should say Lupita is the second black African ….smh

  • virtualinsanity


    Correct! Less we forget Beyonce and Mrs. Obama were on the cover back to back last year and Rihanna’s on the cover once every year.

  • Baijos
  • Teeter


  • JUDEartist

    Lupita is simply beautiful on the cover. However she is not the second african american actress to grace the american Vogue cover. I think she’s fifth or six.
    List of actresses or singers the grace on the cover of Vogue:

    Shari Belafonte
    Helle Berry (Oscar Winner)
    Jennifer Hudson (Oscar Winner)
    Lupita Nyong’o (Oscar Winner)

  • loserslose

    Can you read: Jared said BLACK African. Charlize is not black Frank you troll.

  • The Real Deal


    The post clearly says BLACK AFRICAN, that means that she is the only BLACK woman from the CONTINENT of Africa that has been on the cover. Not African American, but African. All the women you listed are not from Africa, their ancestry is African, but they are not. See, its simple if you read with comprehension.

  • betch

    I like this woman she seems very wise for an actress. Therefore, i will not say anything horrible.

  • Truthie

    There are too many people on this thread with reading comprehension issues. They never said she was the second black person. They said she is the second [black] AFRICAN (someone from Africa).

    Michelle Obama is American NOT African. Beyonce, Rihanna, Halle, Jennifer Hudson, etc are NOT Africans.

    Anyway, congrats to Lupita. I love seeing more dark-skin women in the media.

  • MR. RELF

    Of course the tall blond white Charlize is not African. Open your eyes already.
    By the way, the name Lupita means little wolf in Ital Americano.

  • Cate

    Gorgeous photoshoot. One of the best they have had in ages.

  • Amy


    Umm… Blake can’t act and Lupita can. Big difference.

  • Amy


    They should stop giving Rihanna covers and let other women of color have a cover. What about Kerry Washington? Or Viola Davis? Or Octavia Spencer?

  • radioheads

    you guys might want to fast track this info. Lupita is not the 2nd Black girl to be on the cover of Vogue.I just thought of 3 and that’s without searching the interwebs..

  • ugh

    @radioheads: You moron, READ! it says AFRICAN. BLACK AFRICAN.
    Not African American! Lupita is NOT African American. African American refers to those with direct ancestors that can be traced to the 1800s and who came as slaves to the New World we now call America.
    Lupita is Kenyan which is a country in the continent Africa.
    Liya Kebede is Ethiopian, which is also a country int he continent of Africa.
    So justjared is correct. She is the 2nd African (black) woman to cover vogue.
    Charlize Theron is African as well, but jared clearly wrote black African.

  • Ugly with 1 movie PC Cover

    She is ugly. So many black actresses who have been in many movies and won oscars, why are they not on the cover. All the dreamers,
    she is living in Brooklyn with Canaan not Jared Leto. Not his type.

  • Teeter

    @Ugly with 1 movie PC Cover:
    Why does her success upset you so much? (Serious question, I’m genuinely curious)

  • qwertyuioiufdcvbnm

    @Cassandra: halle has been on the cover in 2010 sep issue

  • Love The Shoes

    @Nkosi: “Liya! I’d have thought Iman or Alek Wek would have had a Vogue cover…Well done Lupita!” You are absolutely right! I assumed both of them had each been on their and now that you bring it to our attention, I think it’s a d@mn shame that it hasn’t happened! I mean come on, Iman has been in the biz for over 20 years and Alek Wek at least 10. And yet Vogue sticks Kanye and Kim on it. Pretty disgusting.

  • Frank


    The article and its headline were clearly edited, loserslose. Five and a half hours ago, the word “black” was missing. I presume my first comment caught the eye of the article’s author, who then decided to make the correction. [You're welcome, Jared.] By the way, learn to use punctuation when posting incendiary comments. It makes stomaching the name-calling all the more palatable.

  • Frank

    @MR. RELF: Learn some geography. Ms. Theron was born in South Africa.

  • lol

    She’s ugly – Alek Wek redux. PC gone mad

  • Annonymous

    Wonder why they gave her a July cover, as June/July are months that are notoriously poor sellers?

  • mafia

    Mafia. Only Mafia. Just make connections, look at who has produced 12YS and you’ll understand why an actress with only one film it is pushed so forward. She will burn quickly.

  • Ugly Lupita

    Pressure to give her a cover. So shorty socialite gets a cover before Alek? LOL. Charlize Theron was born in Africa. She is a real African.

  • Skyler

    My God, are you guys dumb???? Can you read correctly? AFRICAN BLACK woman. BeyoncĂ© is a black woman, but not african. Charlize is african, but she’s white. Good Lord!!!!! Think before writing stupid thingsssssssss on internet people!!!

  • Pat

    she appears for only a couple of minutes in 12 years, such a nothing part.
    And her PR team are trying to shove her down our throats, make us want to vomit!

  • She’s dating K’naan

    This Vogue article finally confirms what was an open secret since months ago.

    That Lupita is dating rapper K’naan.