A Star is Born – Lupita Nyong’o
Kenyan beauty aka my ultimate girl crush Lupita Nyong’o is the star turn of 2014, she has stepped onto the world stage in spectacular and regal form. She has done the undoable as a newcomer by winning over hearts, minds and as simultaneously garnered critical acclaim with just one film role.
Her story reads like a Hollywood fairy tale, Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya she began her career as a production runner on many films including The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Fienne. Graduate from Hampshire College in America she then returned to Kenya in 2008 to star in an MTV Base Africa TV series production called Shuga an HIV/AIDS prevention series.
Not long after her success in Kenya she went back to America to attend Yale Drama School enrolling on their acting program. While at Yale, she was the recipient of the Herschel Williams Prize “awarded to acting students with outstanding ability” during the 2011–2012 school year. An omen to what was to come next, as she miraculously landed her breakthrough role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave just before graduating from the prestigious drama school and here we are today 12 months later, Oscar winner.
She has cornered a part of the Hollywood spotlight usually reserved for the (sorry to highlight) young starlets of the Caucasian persuasion.
And she’s not likely to be a one hit wonder either with her next film (Non-Stop also starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore) already in the cinemas this month. To top it all she’s only gone and won a blooming Oscar at the weekend for Best Supporting Actress for her debut film role playing slave girl Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, well deserved I might add. This award season has truly been hers.
I literally can’t deal with this girl’s beauty from her symmetrically perfect face to her perfect dark ebony skin tone to her toned biceps and her TWA (Teeny, Weeny, Afro); hers is the kind of beauty, which is usually shunned by the media at large but her star shining this bright is no fluke, the lady has poise, elegance, with intelligence to boot and is an undisputed style Icon.
I’m clearly gushing all over this young woman simply because I want to be just like her when I grow up and I bet many young girls and women around the world feel the same way right about now. And after her recent speech at the Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon addressing black beauty and her struggle with her dark skin, I adore her even more.
Watch her speech here:
If Kitty Ferreira were to have a top client whom perfectly represented and embodied their brand it would be Lupita; she has become the darling of the fashion world with her every outing on the red carpet awaited for, with bated breath. The likes of Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Prada and a host of other top designers have all lined up to dress her for this award season, which could only mean more success to come for our Kenyan princess.
Her impeccable style and taste is a designer’s dream so let’s play stylist and matchmaker here by taking a look at her Style File and comparing the outfits to the Kitty Ferreira collection.
I think it’s clear that Kitty Ferreira and Lupita would really be great bedfellows, classy, elegant, sexy and natural are traits that they both share. Lupita more than fits the bill to become every designer’s fashion muse including our own Kitty Ferreira. So look out for her star turn on the red carpet.
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