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Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful (Of Course She Is)

By Wendy Rodewald-Sulz / April 23, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o’s year just keeps getting better. Today People magazine unveiled its 2014 Most Beautiful issue with the Oscar winner on the cover, and we’re pretty sure she was a shoe-in for the honor. But it’s not just her ability to pull off Prada on the red carpet or cause lip gloss to sell out that makes her deserving of the title.
Not only is Nyong’o a talented actress and an eloquent speaker (if you missed her speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, stop everything and read it right now), she’s a completely modern star who has embraced social media at every step of her breakout year. There aren’t many other celebrities who are as candidly human online as Lupita is; even posts from notorious oversharers like the Kardashian sisters feel staged and agenda-driven in comparison. (Meanwhile, is there anyone less relatable to the average person than last year’s honoree, Gwyneth Paltrow?) But Nyong’o is different. From her giddily starstruck award season selfies with fellow actors to her manicure closeups, Lupita’s photos make it clear that she’s just having fun. What’s more beautiful than that?