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Lupita Nyong’o shares former ‘Side Hustle’ & the Beauty of Braiding Hair for Vogue



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We just love Lupita more and more with each passing day.

The Vogue cover star made headlines a few days ago when her cover for the mag’s July 2014 issue was unveiled; and Vogue keeps giving us more reasons to love her as they have unveiled a video. This isn’t just any video. It’s a video of Lupita braiding hair.

In the 2 minute 59 second feature, Lupita is seen braiding her dearest friends’ hair. While braiding, she speaks on how she considered being a ‘hair braider’ as her attempted “side hustle”. Lupita explains that she learned to braid and style hair during her summer holiday in Kenya.  When she got back to college in the US, she attempted to make this her side hustle but that was until she came to terms with the fact that she didn’t have the heart to charge anyone money.

Now she just really enjoys braiding hair for her friends.

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The video is a moving tribute to the intrinsic value of hair. Here are 4 quotes from the video we love;
1. Braiding tells a story.
2. Your hair is your frame.
3. If you jack someone’s hair up, the world will see it. Lol
4. For me braiding hair is an intimate thing, it’s like getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people that I know, love and trust.

Watch the video here

I don’t know about you, but this video makes me want to love my hair more.

Jennifer is the Beauty Editor & Style Representative of Get in touch - Send an email to: beauty(at) or style(at) | Follow us on Instagram: @bellanaijabeauty OR @bellanaijastyle | Follow us on Twitter: @bellanaijastyle


  1. Saint tracy

    July 1, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    She makes hair too, wow, many sides of success. You go girl, you have been favoured.

  2. isima richards

    July 1, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Hey! what happened. The new page looks like something from cnn. lol. nice job!

  3. awwww

    July 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    she’s a real star!
    Bella,what have you done to the format of this website?i hate it much #bringback the old one.thank you in advance.

  4. skittles

    July 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Love you Lupita! Is there anything Lupita cannot do?!

  5. falkebyaisha

    July 1, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    lol i braid hair too lol i love it. i love the new bella site

  6. jibola

    July 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Bella naija please this new format seem complicated!!!

    • mo

      July 2, 2014 at 4:17 am

      olodo lol

  7. BA

    July 1, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    We don’t like it here too… all that scrolling to see the news.

    love the “love it” button though

  8. @edDREAMZ

    July 1, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Our naija gals, shey una dey see am?? So keep plaiting that shuku and weaving yu might be a star like lupita someday…. lmao….

  9. greo

    July 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I tire for this new format o. It will take a while to adjust. Cool stuff Luppie

  10. lupe not fiasco

    July 2, 2014 at 5:51 am

    This side hustle will serve her well when the acting roles dry up.Go Lupi!!!!!!!!!

  11. Tara

    July 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Change is good. embrace it….love new bella jare. Lupita nice one

  12. xtsy

    July 2, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Her hand will be painfull

  13. Annie

    July 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Wow….shes real tho …. love here even more

  14. lily

    July 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    love her 2 d fullest

  15. sum1special

    July 9, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I just love this girl so much,like i cant stress that enough. She seems so ordinary and real,yet she is a big movie star. She is blessed. You can tell she is really down to earth and cant forget her life before fame.

  16. Maxime

    July 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Very cool. Lupita seems like such a cool, down-to-earth chick. Hope she stays that way regardless of all the fame and Hollywood hype.

  17. TheBoah

    July 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Nice one Lupita… Braids and weaves was my side hustle at uni too… lol. Now I do wigs

    Probs up Bella on your new site… It was definitely time for a change!

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