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BRITISH VOGUE TAKEOVER: Lupita Nyong’o Isn’t Moved By Coins, She’d Rather Make Social & Cultural Impact Through Work

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Lupita Nyong'o is British Vogue’s February 2020 cover star. Peep her cover and spread, plus what she said about changing the culture inside...

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Introducing #LupitaNyongo as #BritishVogue’s February 2020 cover star. Her Hollywood debut won her an Oscar. Her first book is a number-one bestseller. She can even rap. For Lupita Nyong’o, as she tells @OEMarks in the new issue, a supercharged career means being able to choose the stories that need to be told. Click the link in bio for @Edward_Enninful’s editor’s letter, and see the Oscar-winning actor in colourful splendour in the February 2020 issue, on newsstands Friday 3 January. @LupitaNyongo wearing @LouisVuitton by @NicolasGhesquiere. Photographed by #StevenMeisel, styled by @Edward_Enninful and concept by @NicolasGhesquiere, with hair by @VernonFrancois, make-up by @PatMcGrathReal, nails by @JinSoonChoi and set design by @MaryHoward_SetDesign.

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Lupita Nyong'o doesn't just talk a good talk, she backs it up.

The US star is British VOGUE's February 2020 cover star where she opens up about making cultural and societal changes with career, along with being a number-one bestselling author, rapping, producing and directing.

 

 
 
 
 
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“No matter how much American TV I’d ingested, nothing could prepare me for the truth,” says #LupitaNyongo about the culture shock of moving from Africa to America to study. The actor talks to @OEMarks about transitioning from drama school student to Oscar winner and how giving herself “permission to take things slow” was key to her supercharged success. Read the full interview in the February 2020 issue, on newsstands Friday 3 January. @LupitaNyongo photographed by #StevenMeisel, styled by @Edward_Enninful and concept by @NicolasGhesquiere, with hair by @VernonFrancois, make-up by @PatMcGrathReal, nails by @JinSoonChoi and set design by @MaryHoward_SetDesign.

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The Kenyan beauty is strategic when accepting roles. And the best part about it is that, she isn't concerned with how much money she'll make from a role. She's an actress who's looking to change the game and leave her mark on the world with the roles she decide to portray and the stories she wants the world to see/hear.

 

 
 
 
 
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“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project. What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative.” Pushing cultural change is something #LupitaNyongo has always done in her career, and 2019 was no different. In the past 12 months she’s published her first children’s book, ‘Sulwe’, fronted a documentary about the astounding true story of the Agoji, Benin’s female army and starred in ‘Us’, one of the most critically acclaimed films of the past year. Next up? Taking on an adaptation of @Chimamanda_Adichie’s ‘Americanah’. Read the full interview in the February 2020 issue, on newsstands Friday 3 January. @LupitaNyongo photographed by #StevenMeisel, styled by @Edward_Enninful and concept by @NicolasGhesquiere, with hair by @VernonFrancois, make-up by @PatMcGrathReal, nails by @JinSoonChoi and set design by @MaryHoward_SetDesign.

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“I don’t get fulfillment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” she tells the magazine. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.”

That's evident in her movies 12 Years a Slave and US, two movies who made an impact on the culture. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first film (12 Years a Slave) and Jordan Peele's horror film US was one of the biggest live-action original films to hit the box office since Avatar.

While creating content that will shift the narrative, it comes with a price.

“Filming is so time-consuming. And intense,” she explains. “With Black Panther, a lot of us were single. On Little Monsters, nobody was single. Everyone, when they’re done with their day’s work, wants to go home to their families, which makes a whole lot of sense. When you don’t have that it’s very isolating.”

The 36-year-old actress is all for speaking up...but only for causes that she's really passionate about. No, she's not the celeb just sharing memes about causes that she comes across on social media.

"I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for,” she says. “There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Loves it. You can read more from her interview here. You can also read the full interview in the February issue of British Vogue, which hits newsstands on January 3rd.

 

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