*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.