5 Things We Love About Lupita

In case y’all missed it: We showed up and showed out at the Oscars last night!

Not only did Lupita Nyong’o win for Best Supporting Actress for the movie 12 Years a Slave (only the 6th Black woman to do so — ever!), but that same film made history by being the FIRST movie by a Black director to win Best Picture! (Go ‘head, do your happy dance. We’ll wait.)

To celebrate, here are 5 things we love about our girl, Lupita:

1) Her flawless brown skin and fashion sense. There hasn’t been one red carpet that she hasn’t rocked.

2) She’s genuinely inspirational. Everything she says comes straight from her heart; you can just feel it. During her Oscar’s acceptance speech, she not only celebrated her win, but a win for all: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” she said.

3) She works that TWA like a boss. Part down the middle, itty bitty frohawk, whatever, she flaunts her natural hair and she flaunts it well.

4) She shows us anything is possible. This Mexico City-born, Kenya-raised “it girl” landed the role of slave Patsey right before graduating from graduate school at Yale. Little did she know, her first big break would also lead to her first Oscar win.

5) She’s a triple threat. It’s true, our girl can act her behind off, but did you know that she also directs and produces? She directed, produced, and edited for the 2009 documentary, In My Genes, about albinism in Kenya.  #Werk

What else do you love about Lupita? Comment below!

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