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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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58 Responses to “Lupita Nyong'o Becomes 2nd Black African Woman to Cover 'Vogue'!”

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  1. 1
    Nkosi Says:

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

  2. 2
    eek Says:

    pec cleavage

  3. 3
    Frank Says:

    Charlize Theron doesn’t count as African?

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    Cassandra Says:

    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

  5. 5
    Clara Says:

    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!!! ^__^

  6. 6
    Amy Says:

    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.

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    Living in a box Says:

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

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    jojo Says:

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

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    allison Says:

    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.

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    :) Says:

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

  11. 11
    allison Says:

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

  12. 12
    Teeter Says:

    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!

  13. 13
    reallynow Says:

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

  14. 14
    Frank Says:

    @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?

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    Lupita Nyong'o Says:


    September 2010 for example

  16. 16
    Amy Says:

    the first one is Kanye

  17. 17
    Lupita Nyong'o Says:


    It’s African born. Not African Americans

  18. 18
    Lupita Nyong'o Says:


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

  19. 19
    Clara Says:

    @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.

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    Jordy Says:

    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.

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    Elisa Says:

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

  22. 22
    Margaret Says:

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

  23. 23
    Xoxo Says:

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

  24. 24
    virtualinsanity Says:


    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.

  25. 25
    Baijos Says:

    Just Jared – this is not true! Check your facts. Oprah Winfrey was also on the Vogue cover among others:!101612-fashion-and-beauty-vogue-cover-Jourdan-Dunn-Italia-July-2008

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