Girl of the Moment
It’s not often that a star is born overnight, but for Lupita Nyong’o this appears to be the case.
Making her silver screen debut in Steve McQueen’s multi award winning Twelve Years A Slave she burst onto the international stage as an unknown talent.
The industry has taken her into their fold awarding her no less than 29 out of 36 accolades this awards season with the BAFTA’s and Academy Awards yet to be decided.
Born in 1983 and raised in Kenya, Lupita Nyong’o went on to study Film and Theatre at Hampshire College is Massachusetts. Upon graduation she worked behind the scenes for movies such as The Constant Gardner and The Namesake.
She added to her studies by enrolling at Yale School of Drama to study acting and it was in her graduation show from Yale that she was seen and ultimately cast as Patsey in Twelve Years A Slave.
The award season is challenging to any actress, new or seasoned. The attention of the world’s press and the pressure to not make the worst dressed lists is immense. Many actresses suffer the barbs of the Fashion Police on American entertainment channel E but not the new girl of the moment. Lupita has topped the best dressed lists all season long and I for one can’t wait to see what she wears at the Academy Awards and BAFTA’s in the next few weeks.
The most striking dress has been the Ralph Lauren coral red, caped gown, which she wore to the Golden Globes. It is reminiscent of the stunning dress designed by Tom Ford, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards in 2012 but unlike Ford’s white creation the colour of Lauren’s dress complimented Lupita’s skin tone perfectly and the simplicity of the cut was so striking on her.
Cementing her new found status as a style icon, Lupita was chosen to represent the many facets of femininity in Miu Miu’s Spring Summer 204 campaign. The images are distinctive and striking in bold, saturated shades and prints, each conveying an eclectic style full of personality and spirit.
Lupita Nyong’o might be a new name, but one I think we will hear plenty more of in the future.