Can't say we didn't see this coming… People magazine has announced its annual "50 Most Beautiful" issue and topping the list of gorgeous gals? None other than Mexican-born Kenyan Lupita Nyong'o. The 31-year-old Oscar-winning actress has been honored by the glossy for both her outer beauty and her general awesomeness, which she's been blessing us with again and again since she sprung on the scene.
The actress has been fully embraced by the fashion set, landing campaigns with Prada and more recently, Lancôme. And, not to mention her consistent and continued slayage on the red carpet, twirling and pretty much shutting down the everything in designers like Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Giambattista Valli couture and oh so many more.
As Nyong'o told People, this is an honor she never dreamed she'd get: "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she said. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
I, for one, am so excited to see Ms. Lupita, a symbol of native African beauty, being honored in this way. Needless to say, women who look like Lupita are rarely recognized or considered beautiful even when they really are. There has been much talk about whether Nyong'o's star would continue to shine, particularly in Western society when fair-skinned, blonde women are the standard of beauty. At the very least, this cover proves that Lupita, America's sweetheart, is here to stay!