We all know the lovely Lupita Nyong’o who always stuns with her dresses at events. Apart from slaying effortlessly, she loves her black skin and she is bold with it.

#WomanCrushWednesday: Lupita Nyong'o is black and bold

Lupita Nyong’o was born on the 1st of March, 1983. She is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. She was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya.

Lupita attended college in the United States, earning a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies from Hampshire College.

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Nyong’o began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant. In 2008, she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently returned to Kenya to star in the television series Shuga in 2009.

Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes. She then pursued a master’s degree in acting from the Yale School of Drama.

Soon after her graduation, she had her first feature film role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.

Immediately after graduating from Yale, Nyong’o landed her breakthrough role when she was cast for Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave in 2013.

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The film, which met with wide critical acclaim, tells the historical account of Solomon Northup (played by Chiwitel Ejiofor), a free-born African American man of upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Washington, DC in 1841.

Nyong’o played the role of Patsey, a slave who works alongside Northup at a Louisiana cotton plantation; her performance met with rave reviews.

Nyong’o was nominated for several awards including a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Best Supporting Actress, which she won.

She was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar, and the first Mexican to win the award.

She also became the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for a debut performance in a feature film.

Following a supporting role in the action-thriller Non-Stop (2014), Nyong’o co-starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as force-sensitive space pirate Maz Kanata, a CGI character created using motion capturetechnology.

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Nyong’o resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili

On the 27th of February, 2014, at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, she gave a speech on the beauty of black women and talked about the insecurities she had as a teenager. She said her views changed when she saw South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek become successful.

In October 2017, Nyong’o wrote an op-ed with New York Times revealing that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her twice in 2011, while she was still a student at Yale School of Drama.

She claimed that Weinstein led her to his bedroom and announced that he wanted to give her a complete body massage, which she declined and, panicked, offered him one. Nyong’o also claimed that Weinstein wanted to take off his pants, when she rejected his advances and left the room terrified.

Another encounter took place in New York, where she met with Weinstein for dinner after a screening. She quoted Weinstein: “Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.” She again declined and left the restaurant. She vowed that she would never work with Weinstein, hence her declining a role in Southpaw (2015).

Nyong’o mentioned that she hasn’t had any more encounters during her time in Hollywood and would rather work with women directors or male feminist directors, who have not abused their power.


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