Monday, November 3, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o covers Glamour Magazine. Says "Losing anonymity is very challenging"

So pretty!
I love how the writer describes her:

She exudes a reserve that warns you not to get too close: Wary and poised, Nyong'o makes you feel a bit like an overeager golden retriever when you venture a polite hello'

She's right about that. I think Lupita's still adjusting to fame so her reservation manifests itself through her interaction with fans & press. So when you see her out & about proceed with caution :)

But we still love her though!

The Kenyan beauty is Dec's Glamour Magazine cover girl. True to form she SLAYS each and every single shot. Check out some highlights from the interview below

GLAMOUR: Over the past year you've gone from being virtually unknown to winning an Academy Award for your first major motion-picture role. How has your life changed? 
LUPITA NYONG'O: This is actually a conversation I look forward to having in 10 years, when all of this is behind me and I have some real perspective on what happened—because right now I'm still adjusting. I guess I feel catapulted into a different place; I have a little whiplash.... I did have a dream to be an actress, but I didn't think about being famous. And I haven't yet figured out how to be a celebrity; that's something I'm learning, and I wish there were a course on how to handle it. I have to be aware that my kinesphere may be larger than I want it to be.

GLAMOUR: How does this change affect you day to day? 
LN: I've had somebody say, "I want you at my wedding, but I don't want you to pull focus, so wear jeans!" Losing my anonymity is something that's proving to be very challenging.... It's good for your soul to walk around unnoticed; there's so much you can't do when everybody knows who you are. And I so miss those little things.

GLAMOUR: Like what? 
LN: Like being stupid in public. I used to enjoy doing silly walks on the street with my friends. Like, you know, you're walking, and then you break out in something completely ridiculous, to kind of spook out the person walking by you. I can't really do that anymore.

GLAMOUR: How do you deal with the fearful, doubtful voice? 
LN: I say, "Sit down—I'll get to you in a second, but let me do this first." The more challenging life gets, the louder that voice becomes—but then I have to be friendly to it, be gentle with myself. The fearful voice is afraid of failure but also of success.

GLAMOUR: Why do you think success is challenging for you? 
LN: With success comes more responsibility, a larger size of existence, which is uncomfortable.

GLAMOUR: You've received lots of attention for your looks. Did you grow up feeling beautiful? 
LN: European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world—the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, "Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?" I was mortified. I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn't get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten her skin, and she gets the job! This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn't hearing this from my immediate family—my mother never said anything to that effect—but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents.

GLAMOUR: So how did you get over believing that? 
LN: I come from a loving, supportive family, and my mother taught me that there are more valuable ways to achieve beauty than just through your external features. She was focused on compassion and respect, and those are the things that ended up translating to me as beauty. Beautiful people have many advantages, but so do friendly people.... I think beauty is an expression of love.

GLAMOUR: You can't deny that it's also an expression of genes. 
LN: Lovely genes! But to rely on the way you look is empty. You're a pretty face—and then what? Your value is in yourself; the other stuff will come and go. We don't get to pick the genes we want. There's room in this world for beauty to be diverse.

Read more of her interview here:


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