Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ethereal, talented beauty Lupita Nyong'o.

via Red Carpet Fashion Awards
The 86th-annual Academy Awards are on currently and I am obsessed with the entire look that Lupita Nyong'o is wearing.  The ice-y tone of the light blue is perfect for her complexion.  According to E! News, the actual name of this particular shade of blue is "duck egg shell."
Lupita wore a silk georgette custom-made Prada gown with deep Vs in the front and back as well as low-cut sides.  She complemented the dress with a red lip and Fred Leighton jewels, including ear cuffs.

Lupita Nyong'o is nominated in the category of Actress in a Supporting Role in the film 12 Years a Slave.  According to Wikipedia, 12 Years a Slave is a "2013 British-American historical epic drama film" and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northrup.  Northrup was a free man who was kidnapped in Washington D.C. and sold into slavery.  He worked on plantations in Louisiana for twelve years before he regained his freedom.  Lupita Nyong'o plays Patsey, a young female slave at Edwin Epps' plantation, where Northrup is sold to.  Each slave on Epps' plantation must pick at least 200 lbs of cotton a day; Patsey picks 500 lbs a day, and Epps praises her excessively, as well as rapes her repeatedly.

Lupita Nyong'o said: [on retaining overnight the elaborate scarring makeup on her back, incurred in the brutal sexual scenes with the sadistic plantation owner] 

They were haunting. I could only sleep on my belly. I was just so aware of them the whole night. I remember fretting and weeping, and then it occurred to me that my discomfort was temporary, and the woman who I was playing, her discomfort was permanent. It just really centered me, and really quieted my soul for the next day's work.

Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, though her parents are both Kenyan.  She was raised in Kenya and educated in the USA.  She graduated from Yale University's School of Drama's Acting program in 2012 with an MFA.


  1. I am one of the many who are happy for Lupita's win and her inspirational speech. My only grievance is that I am personally growing bored of the same African American role where it usually takes being a slave or portraying some haunting negative section of history associated with African Americans / Black people. I am glad people seem to be growing more tolerant of equality and success but I just wish there were more positive images for people to look up to.

    1. I agree, Kayana! It will be interesting to see what roles she is offered/takes in the future. I'm hoping she won't be limited to the same roles you mentioned of slavery and the negative roles because she is extremely talented and beautiful and shouldn't be limited.

  2. Like you i was so happy to see lupita win the oscar. I feel like she deserved it. And it saddens me to see that there are people out there who were upset she won. after the oscars i saw many people in outrage saying she only won cause she is in fact black and im just like stfu she one because she was amazing. sometimes i just hate people