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*Lupita Nyong’o‘s career is the perfect Cinderella story.

She went from being an unknown actress to one of the most well-known actresses and faces in the world.

“This is actually a conversation I look forward to having in 10 years, when all of this is behind me and I have some real perspective on what happened—because right now I’m still adjusting,” she told Glamour.

She added, “I guess I feel catapulted into a different place; I have a little whiplash…. I did have a dream to be an actress, but I didn’t think about being famous.”

Not only is she an Academy Award winning actress, she won the Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” which helped bring forth a new narrative on slavery and women of African descent.

“I knew that it was going to be a powerful story, but I definitely did not think about the impact it would have on my life,” she said. “I was too busy thinking, How on earth am I going to make it through filming a movie with these heavy hitters? I wanted to rise to the occasion.”

Also, she re-defined mainstream beauty — bringing attention to dark-skinned women as radiant, sophisticated and glamourous as any other group of women.

She’s a role model for black girls growing up who want their dreams to be valid too. But she has her role models of her own.

“Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power,” she said.

She added, “I wouldn’t even call her a role model; she was literally a reference point. You have the dictionary, you have the Bible, you have Oprah.”

Read the full interview at Glamour.