Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of Vogue's October issue, and talks about how presentation was extremely important in Kenya, driving home the fact that Kenyans are always formally dressed. The fashion icon, who is a constant on best dressed lists, features on the fashion bible’s cover for the second time.
The actress’s first brush with fashion was when she was growing up in Kenya, where her friends and family were expected to dress well every day. She recounts wearing a “very ’80s red cord miniskirt with suspender straps” when she was five years old.
The “12 Years a Slave” actress said that she gets her sense of fashion from her mom, who had her individual style. Nyong’o said her mother used to wear A-line, tea-length flowery dresses which were very well fitting, adding that her nails were always perfectly done.
Nyong’o featured on Vogue’s July 2014 issue last. In the latest cover, the Academy Award-winning actress created magic in a gold Valentino couture dress, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott . Nyong’o was styled by Tonne Goodman and the shoot took place at the Schiaparelli House and the Picasso Museum in Paris.
The actress took to Instagram to share the picture with her 1.7 million followers. “ What an honor, joy and THRILL it was to work on this October issue!” the 32-year-old Oscar winner captioned the picture. The magazine hits newsstands Tuesday.
The Lancôme brand ambassador glows on the cover in the gold dress with her flawless skin taking center-stage. She is pictured wearing deep mauve lipstick with a glossy shine and kohl-lined eyes.
For the inside spread, Nyong’o posed in a breathtaking ornate blue-petaled gown by Givenchy. The actress accessorized her look with a long silver chain, large hoop earrings and a small black clutch with a stone-studded strap.
The Brooklyn-based beauty, who now works with her stylist Micaela Erlanger, earlier tried her hand at custom-making her own clothing back in Kenya. Her very creative aunt Kitty would sew clothes for her in those days, Nyong’o recounted.
However, the “Non-Stop” star is “old-school” when it comes to her attitude to fashion. She called pants “slacks,” and agreed that she has the soul of an 80-year-old woman as her sun sign is Pieces.