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Presenting PEOPLE Magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful Person Lupita Nyong’o

published on April 23 by Shannon

It’s Official! Get your champagne glasses out & let’s celebrate Lupita Nyong’o, she’s People Magazine’s most beautiful person [woman] in the world. 

The Oscar-winning actress of 12 Years a Slave star has succeeded this year’s most coveted title by the magazine. The news was revealed on NBC’s Today Wednesday.

Never in her wildest dream did Nyong’o think she would have been selected for the publication’s 25th anniversary issue. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old Non-Stop star admits. “And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with the standard portrayed on TV: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she recalls were most desirable. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Luckily for mother Dorothy, “always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point.”

Now the 31-year-old tells People that the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress.”

The Oscar winner, who’s now a face of Lancôme Paris, is excited for this honor in part because of “all the girls who would see me … and feel a little more seen.” When it comes to beauty, the Yale Drama School graduate says, “Happiness is the most important thing.”

After the revelation editorial director, Jess Cagle explained why the staff chose the relative newcomer. “She is fantastic. Obviously, she is the Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave, raised in Kenya. She is the new celebrity ambassador for Lancôme Paris, along with Julia Roberts and Penélope Cruz. She’s kind of all the rage,” he explained. “There was really no contest this year. She seemed like the only choice. Usually there’s a lot of debate; this time, we were all in agreement. She’s obviously talented, obviously beautiful, she is incredibly stylish, but the way she carries herself with such grace and such humility, I think it’s what put her over the top.”

"I fell in love with her right before the Oscars when she gave a speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, and she spoke really frankly about…having felt unbeautiful when she was a girl. And she would pray for lighter skin. She spoke really openly about her journey to embracing the way that she looked, and then ultimately realizing that physical beauty is not what sustains you," Cagle added. "I just love her."

In a pre-taped interview with Savannah Guthrie, Nyong’o said that she was surprised by the honor. “What an incredible journey to go from that feeling to being on the cover of this magazine. I mean, you could have never told me that that would happen when I was 16 and insecure about my complexion,” Nyong’o tells Guthrie. “I hope it means something to more than just me, to people like me who feel unbeautiful in whatever skin they’re in.”

And like many stars she shared the bubble of emotions during award show seasons. “The red carpet—I mean, that thing is intense!” Nyong’o admitted. “It’s horrific, it’s frustrating, it’s painful, it’s beautiful, it’s funny, it’s exciting and it’s fun.”

Though she has won the coveted Oscar which has elevated her profile, she has yet to book Winning an Oscar has elevated she’s yet to share her expectations on her next movie role. “I don’t know what doors I thought would open, but it’s opened doors,” she said coyly. When asked if there’s any casting news to share with Today viewers, she replied, “Nothing that I can speak of.”

"You say it so nicely, though, that I forgive you for not telling me anything," said Guthrie while laughing.

Guthrie then asked, “what’s been the strangest part about becoming famous so quickly?” Recently, she recalled, “I was sitting, getting my haircut. Someone passed by and peered in and said, ‘You’re really beautiful,’ and I said, ‘Thank you.’ And he said, ‘You know that girl in 12 Years a Slave? That actress? You look just like her.’ I said, ‘Thank you so much,’” she said. “I was like, ‘That is an interesting scenario.’ But I liked that.”

Congratulations Princess Lupita!

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