Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been named the most beautiful woman by People magazine on their 25th anniversary issue.
The svelte 31-year-old said she “never dreamed” to be named such, as she had grown up with a different conception of beauty. Nevertheless, she sees this as “exciting” and a “major, major compliment.” She added, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”
The Kenya-raised star said that “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair” were her first view of beauty, like what she saw on television. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess,” she added.
However, her mother, Dorothy, has always told her that she is beautiful. “And I finally believed her at some point,” she added. The “Non-Stop” star said that now, her best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on. And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress.”
Aside from beauty, Nyong’o said that “Happiness is the most important thing.”