Lupita Nyong’o is named Most Beautiful Person of the Year by People Magazine

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Lupita Nyong'o is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person of the Year. The actress is featured on the cover of the magazine's special issue.

The 31 year-old actress told People, “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.”

Nyong'o was named the new face of Lancome earlier this year, and she said that she appreciated that the cosmetics company supports “something that already is.”

Nyong'o was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya. As a young woman, the actress - who graduated from Yale Drama School - said she had a reaction to the images she saw. Nyong'o said that in the past, she colored her hair every color except blonde. She also said she knows she is beautiful without makeup on, and sometimes “happiness is the most important thing.”

It has been an extraordinary year for Nyong'o who, in addition to securing the major endorsement deal from Lancome, won an Oscar for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.

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