It was only July when Lupita Nyong’o made her first Vogue cover, now the Oscar winner covers the October issue of Vogue for the second time!
Lupita samples the fall Couture collections in the magazine. The shoot is photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
She talks about fashion/Beauty, Family and her up-coming films.
The influence of beauty and fashion: “Her first memory of fashion was at age five, wearing her “very eighties red cord miniskirt with suspender straps. Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting. Her nails were always perfectlydone”
“Salons were a big feature in my life. We would go every two weeks to get our hair braided, washed, or treated. That’s where I read American, British, and a few African magazines.Then I would design my own clothes. In Kenya it’s much cheaper to get clothes made than to buy them. We would have everything run up by a tailor, or my aunt Kitty, who is very creative, would sew things for me.”
On Family: Luptia’s father Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o was for a long period an opposition politician under the repressive Moi regime. He spent three years in self-imposed exile with his family in Mexico.It was scary, but I was at an age where you couldn’t fully understand what was happening, I wasn’t allowed to go to school. We were basically locked up in the house. The curtains were shut all the time, and we were just burning papers.”
On Film/Acting: “Acting a motion-capture character was “really bizarre and lots of fun,” Lupita says. “I really enjoyed the fact that you’re not governed by your physical presence in that kind of work. You can be a dragon. You can be anything. My training at Yale is the core of the actor that I am. Before that I was just going on instinct . . . having my imagination take over. But Yale taught me that it’s about giving yourself permission to pretend.”