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‘The Not-So-Fun Part of All This Is That When I Don’t Feel Like Being Famous, I Still Am’ – Lupita Nyong’o Shares the Pitfalls of Fame



Lupita Nyong'o (1)Hollywood actress Lupita Nyong’o was unveiled as the cover star of Lucky Magazine’s March 2015 issue last week (click here if you missed it) and a few hours ago the magazine posted the full feature with the Kenyan beauty.

In her interview with the magazine Lupita opens up about her style, self-confidence, being famous and more.

Lupita Nyong'o (1) Lupita Nyong'o (2)

Here’s what the 32-year-old Oscar winner had to share:

On pursuing acting: “I didn’t feel like I had a full grasp of my instrument [before applying to the Yale School of Drama]. I needed to know more. Pursuing acting in that way made me feel equipped and helped me manage my inner critic, which is something I thought I really needed-the ability to quiet that voice that says ‘You can’t do this.’”

On the pitfalls of fame: “The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don’t feel like being famous, I still am. When you’re in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you’re waiting in line, it’s awkward.”

On speaking in public: “It makes me very nervous. My heart is on my sleeve when I do those things, but the only way I know to do them is to speak from my heart. So it costs me a lot…and then I need to take a nap.”

On makeup: “My mother has never ever worn a drop of makeup in her life—not even at her wedding. Honestly, my mother’s outlook was hard for me to take when I was a teenager and I wanted to experiment. But in the end I appreciated it, because today I can look in a mirror with no makeup on and love myself. My mother didn’t think makeup was necessary, and I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s an accessory. It’s as necessary as a pair of earrings, if you know what I mean. It’s something I do to adorn myself. I don’t do it to hide myself.”

For more from Lupita, visit

Photo Credit: Lucky Magazine | Instagram | Facebook


  1. Hurperyearmie

    February 11, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Wow she doesnt look 32 at all

  2. newbie

    February 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Lu Lu. ……… Na you dey reign o! This is indeed your due season. Milk it, girl… I say, milk it. The hair tho. Or wig or weave or whareva. Screams my mum circa 1997. But then that’s none o’ ma beeznis 😛

  3. Drknite

    February 11, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I want to have her baby.

  4. Bisi

    February 11, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    She should Stick with the short hair, suits her much better.

  5. @edDREAMZ

    February 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Babe is really going higher….

  6. dantob

    February 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    short hair does it for her, this hairdo makes her look like Shukura from Isale Eko


    February 11, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Gurl you just have to deal with the pitfalls. The alternative is to be a D-lister or a no lister.

  8. lola carey

    February 11, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Is her mum deeper life?

    • Chinagorom Martin

      February 12, 2015 at 2:59 am

      LOL, like i said somewhere else, Naija shades are till thy kingdom come.

    • MJ

      February 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      LMAO…. I love your sense of humour Chinagorom Martin!! 😀

  9. mamamia

    February 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Hmmmm, The realest! I make up to adorn not hide myself. I remember when all we needed was our white powder, now? Hian, I cant begin to count how much make up one needs to even achieve a no make up look. Life is so freaking complicated these days…

  10. Tunmi

    February 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I love her so much. Now, what happened with this hair? Still love her

  11. chi-e-z

    February 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    everytime I see her I remember Shuga when is this season starting now can’t wait been waiting and watching I’m one of those long time watchers.

    • chi-e-z

      February 11, 2015 at 10:09 pm

      *well medium time …

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