The oh-so-elegant 33-year-old actress returned to her home of Kenya for the October issue of the glossy and she got emotional when she first saw the cover.
Posted to her Instagram on Thursday, the Academy Award-winning star shared a heartwarming video of herself opening a box with her issue inside. Gripping the glossy in her hands, tears filled Lupita's eyes and we see her moved. The first word out of her mouth? "Home."
Looking enchanting on the cover in a colourful Chanel dress embellished with textured floral details and beading, Lupita dons a silk Cult Gaia headwrap and drop earrings by Cathy Waterman. Her beauty look is kept simple with golden eyes and highlighted cheeks.
On the issue's cover, shot by Mario Testino and styled by Tonne Goodman, a quote from Lupita sets up her interview beautifully: "I want to create opportunities for people of colour."
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"Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice. I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful," Lupita tells Vogue.
The rest of the spread features the actress, who was raised in Mexico, in an array of "glorious prints." The photoshoot took place in Kisumu County and many of the shots feature Lupita showcasing her culture and the Kenyan people.
In the interview, Nyong'o also notes that her new film "Queen of Katwe," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, is an important piece of work as it "changes the narrative" and "offers a new lens on African identity."
"She's just relentless in her pursuit of authenticity and specificity of the character," playwright Danai Gurira told Vogue of Lupita.
And that's why we love Nyong'o: she's authentic.
As pointed out by Fashionista, Lupita's Vogue October cover is refreshing, since Kendall Jenner has four other international Vogue covers for the month.
TBH, we'll be rushing out to buy Lupita's issue of Vogue. Sorry, Kendall.
The issue hits newsstands Sept 21st.
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