Lupita Nyong’o is a woman who is long past due to have been featured on this blog. She is strong, she is talented, and she is passionate. On March 1st, 1983, the woman was born in Mexico to Kenyan-raised parents. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Hampshire University in Film and Theatre studies, and from then on pursued her acting career. She started as a production assistant in Hollywood, and in 2008 made her debut in the film “East River.” In 2009 she starred in the television series “Shuga” and in the same year wrote, produced, and directed the documentary “In My Genes.” She’s won countless awards, among them an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “12 Years a Slave.” The movie is something most consider to be her acting breakthrough.
In 2015, she co-starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which she pulled off amazingly. Besides being incredibly talented artistically, Lupita is fluent in many languages; Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili. She speaks openly about the troubles of being a black woman in a very white Hollywood, and life in general. She’s also spoken about her insecurities as a teenager, and helped girls worldwide feel comfortable in their bodies. She’s worked behind the scenes in many productions, and will continue to appear in Star Wars movies. Among all of her philanthropy, she publicly advocates for elephants in Kenya, as a part of environmental conservation.
Lupita is also involved in the organization Mother Health International, which is dedicated to providing aid to women and children in Uganda or other impoverished, developing countries where they can’t get proper help by themselves. Once feeling self-conscious about her dark skin, Nyong’o admits to having thought about using cream to lighten it. She now embraces her beautiful skin with pride, modeling and showing children all over to love themselves no matter what. Her father works in the Kenyan Senate, while her mother took leadership in the Africa Cancer Foundation. With amazing role models like that, it’s no wonder the girl grew up to be such an influential, beautiful woman.
Title from “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes.