Lupita Nyong’o lands Vogue cover, talks rise to stardom and fashion stress

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Lupita Nyong’o has just landed her first Vogue cover, and in the interview, she talked about her rise to stardom and the stress fashion brings during awards season.

The award-winning actress said she finds this year “surreal.” She said, “Indeed […] It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me—before I recognized them!”

About the paparazzi, “For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at—and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”

Meanwhile, Nyong’o, despite being one today’s more fashionable new stars, admits that Hollywood is not all glitz and glamour, even halfheartedly likened the red carpet to a “war zone.”

She was once advised to “brace herself” and “keep a granola bar in her clutch.” She added, “I didn’t really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season.”

The 31-year-old actress, since winning her first Oscar with her breakout role in “12 Years a Slave” in January last year, has landed various endorsements including Lancome and Miu Miu, and roles in film such as “Non-Stop” and the upcoming “Star Wars Episode VII.”

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