Lupita Nyong’o lands Vogue: Talks ‘Star Wars,’ Pinterest, JLaw


Lupita Nyong’o has inked her “it” girl status by landing the July cover of Vogue magazine.

The “12 Years A Slave” Oscar winner and soon-to-be “Star Wars: Episode VII” star burst onto social media with the announcement Thursday.

“This Summer, I am totally COVERED!,” the 31-year-old tweeted, sharing a pic from her Marrakech, Morocco, shoot and including a link to the Vogue story. She promptly changed her avatar to Mikael Jansson’s cover shot.


In the mag, she wears Prada, Jonathan Saunders and Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci as she strolls through spice markets and lounges at a resort -- a far cry from her student-in-a-sweatshirt days at Yale, where she earned a master’s in 2012.

The profile focuses on her footprint in the fashion industry as well as touching on her upcoming projects.

After much bewilderment about why she hadn’t quickly signed on to any projects after the Oscars, it was confirmed recently that she would appear in J.J. Abrams’ installment of “Star Wars” and voice Raksha in Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Jungle Book.”

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to be working in these fantastical realms,” she told Vogue’s Hamish Bowles of the enthralling storytelling of the galaxy far, far away. “They’re worlds away from ’12 Years a Slave,’ that’s for sure — but that kind of diversity is what dreams are made of.”

The actress agreed that it’s been a surreal year.

“It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life,” she told the mag. “People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me — before I recognized them!”

It helps, too, that she has been a fashion hit on every red carpet (save for last month’s Met Gala incident, but we won’t get into that now. Too painful).

Nyong’o even tapped the power of Pinterest for her first awards-season meeting with famed stylist Micaela Erlanger. The actress armed herself with digital pin boards from the addictive site that showed “bold color, interesting print, interesting silhouette — simple but architectural and feminine,” the stylist said. What Nyong’o describbed as “epic six-hour fittings” ensued.

This year, Nyong’o was named People magazine’s most beautiful woman and clinched an ambassadorship with beauty behemoth Lancôme.

As for the Oscars, the actress said simply being nominated would have been enough.

“Even in my dreams of being an actor, my dream was not in the celebrity. My dream was in the work that I wanted to do,” she said.

She said she was very confused and numb when her name was called, but had one major thought as she ascended the staircase in her voluminous Prada gown to collect her golden statue.

“Don’t fall on those stairs,” she said. “It’s not cute if you follow Jennifer Lawrence — it’s not cute if you’re the second one!”

If Lupita did it, we’d probably still think it was awesome. Just saying.

I’d totally follow Lupita on Pinterest. Follow me @NardineSaad.