Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

To say that Hollywood adores actress Lupita Nyong’o is an understatement.  The African Queen is tinsel town’s next “it girl” and InStyle Magazine has wasted no time capturing her natural  essence and beauty in a fashion spread for their December issue.

The Harvard graduate, who simply captures your heart and soul in 12 Years a Slave, will rapture you once again in these brilliantly shot photos by celebrity photographer Emma Tempest and styling by Melissa Rubini.  In addition, Nyong’o rocks a variety of looks from fashion gods Prada, Gucci, Rochas, Dior, Chanel and J Mendel. She also dishes about her breakout role as Patsey and how she surprised her family with the news.

“I had to go to an emotional place, and it was beyond hard,” says Nyong’o of her character, Patsey, an abused slave who works along Solomon Northup on a plantation. “But I felt a connection in my gut – I had to play this part.”

Nyong’o goes on the further explain how she broke the news to her dad about the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt.  “I said, Daddy, guess what? I’m going to be in a movie with Brad Pitt.”

Get “Swept Away” in the amazing photos below:










Photo Credit: Bella Naija by way of InStyle Magazine