*After crowning her 2014’s Most Beautiful Person, People magazine recently made Lupita Nyong’o’s lifelong dream come true by introducing the actress to her idol, supermodel Alek Wek. [Scroll down to watch.]
Nyong’o previously said at Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon that Wek helped her see her own beauty. Obviously touched by the notion, Wek thanked the Oscar winner for the recognition.
“Much congratulations and all the beautiful words you said at Essence … you didn’t have to but it was really, really beautiful,” said Wek. “It meant a lot because starting modeling in the ’90s it was quite so surreal. They were like, ‘Oh you’re so different, so weird, so bizarre!’ I’m like, ‘I’m so normal, what are you talking about?’ I just love the genuineness that you bring toward to your craft and just you as a young lady. That totally shows through.”
Nyong’o then reminisced about seeing the Sudanese beauty on the cover of publications.
“I just remember seeing you on the cover of a magazine, and I don’t even know what magazine it was, but there was no apology in you,” said Nyong’o. “You were just who you were and I had never seen that before. How is this working? … I’ve never seen anyone like me on the cover.”
The beauties held hands during the sit down and ended their exchange with a hug.
In other Nyong’o news…
Three months ago – before her Oscar win and the title of Most Beautiful – the actress took the advice of one of her Instagram followers and made a quick video of how to pronounce her name.
“Thank you, @noaskye22 for this amazing idea. #AdviceTaken,” she posted along with the below clip.
It was shot sometime in January, in the midst of her red carpet domination and increasing Oscar buzz for her role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave” – when red carpet interviewers were butchering her name.