Vogue’s newest cover girl has been unveiled, and she’s a favorite of the glossy: Lupita Nyong’o. This marks her third cover for the magazine—she landed her first in 2014 and her next one in 2015. The entire shoot is full of bold prints and vivid colors, but it’s also chock-full of extremely personal moments for Nyong’o. Shot by legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino, the gorgeous shoot took place in a spot very close to Nyong’o’s heart: her family’s village in Kenya. One image even features Nyong’o with 96-year-old grandmother—how sweet is that?
In the accompanying interview, Nyong’o’ says Sudanese model Alek Wek paved the way for her. “The European sense of beauty affects us all,” Nyong’o told Vogue. “I came home from college in the early two-thousands and saw ads on TV with a girl who can’t get a job. She uses this product. She gets her skin lighter. She gets the job. … Alek Wek changed how dark people saw themselves. That I could do the same in a way for somebody somewhere is amazing.”
Scroll down to preview Lupita Nyong’o’s new cover shoot, and head over to Vogue to see the rest of the images!
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