Monday 29 December 2014

Lupita Nyong'o: 'I wished for lighter skin when I was younger'

Published 28/02/2014 | 15:20

BEVERLY HILLS, CA-FEBRUARY- 27: Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends 7th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon February 27, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends 7th Annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

Best supporting actress Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong'o has admitted that when she was young she wished her black skin would become lighter.

The 12 Years A Slave star delivered an emotional speech while accepting her honour for best breakout performance at Essence magazine's seventh annual Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

She confessed that she tried to bargain with God to see a change in her skin tone, but it was not until she discovered supermodel Alek Wek that she began to believe in her own beauty.

Essence also honoured Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival, and the champions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

She is tipped to be the star of this weekend’s Academy Awards and actress Lupita Nyong'o has certainly been practising her killer red carpet looks.

The 12 Years A Slave starlet flashed her toned stomach in an on-trend white crop ensemble at an awards ceremony in Beverly Hills last night. 

This last year has undoubtedly made Lupita Nyong'o one of Hollywood's best dressed stars
Lupita goes bold in blue in this cut-out dress
Her colour combination shows off her fun side
In one of her first red carpet events, the actress stuns in a black jumpsuit and statement necklace
Her burnt orange foil dress is the closest Lupita has come to a fashion fail
Her white crochet maxi dress at the Toronto Film Festival is simply stunning
We love her laid back look and bold colours during 12 Years a Slave promotional work in Toronto
This is how you rock the hottest colour of 2013
She makes her premiere debut in style with this black and metallic number
Lupita makes bodycon look classy in this cobalt blue dress
She takes a break from block colours with this daisy print dress
Lupita proves why clothing really is considered a work of art
Her bold yellow risk pays off with this gown
Clashing prints and bang on trend white pumps - the perfect transitional season look (if you live in sunny California)
Her cut-out white gown at the Critic's Choice Movie Awards put her on the map
Her speckled metallic dress and gold toe heels catches attention for all the right reasons
Lupita is positively glowing in this red on red ensemble
Her monochrome dress is a bit daring than her usual choices and we love her for it
Her white wrap dress is out of this world
Lupita's turquoise dress at the SAG Awards needs no explanation, just admiration
THIS is how you dress for the Golden Globes. Red carpet perfection.

The actress wore a snow white top, imprinted with a mash up of letters and a skirt that ended mid-calf.

Lupita has been a huge presence on the red carpet this award’s season with her bursts of energetic colour.

The formerly little-known actress has made jaws drop with her gown choices at the world’s most prestigious award ceremonies.

Last night she opted for a clean-cut neutral design, leaving us in great anticipation for her grand Oscars entrance on Sunday.

She completed her fresh look with white pointed-toe pumps, a white clutch and glistening gold nail polish and gold flower earrings.

The jewel encrusted headband embodied the elegance of Lupita’s sense of style.

At the event, she was honoured with the Best Breakout Performance Award for her work in 12 Years A Slave.

The awards ceremony also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

‘‘I love colour and gravitate towards solid block colours,' she recently told The Daily Beast.

‘‘I like clean lines and a classic look, but I also like to have a sense of humour and wear things that put a smile on my face,’’ she said.

The actress is favourite to win in the best supporting actress category at the Academy Awards and fashion lovers will be glued to their screens to see what and who she will be wearing.

Lupita has injected a bolt of colour into her trips down the red carpet this season and has stood out among the fashion glitterati.

She wore an emerald green Dior gown at the BAFTA awards in London and was deemed the best dressed of the night among a sea of boring frocks.

Her Golden Globes appearance saw her wow the style crowd with a bright orange cape-dress from a Ralph Lauren collection.

Aisling Phelan and Press Association

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