The 2014 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree covers the Most Beautiful issue of PEOPLE.
Nyong’o, whose speech on beauty went viral a few months ago, says of the cover: “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment…I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”
The 31-year-old actress, whose powerful portrayal of Patsey in 12 Years A Slave had Hollywood buzzing, became the 2014 red carpet season’s “It” girl. And, although she was recently named the latest Lancome ambassador, Nyong’o prefers “when I have been called beautiful without one drop of makeup on.”
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