Yesterday I had a conversation with someone about being the best person you can be and later watched the Oscar awards show. After listening to Lupita Nyong’o when she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, I was inspired to write this post.
She won for her debut role in 12 Years a Slave, and was the epitome of style, grace, and self-confidence, inspiring others to be true to themselves and their goals. The thirty-one-year-old actress was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, raised in Kenya, and educated in the United States. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s Acting program.
A recent breakout Hollywood star, her finely etched profile is all over the place: magazine covers, award shows, entertainment shows, and New York Fashion Week. Her role as the hardworking slave, Patsey, in British director, Steve McQueen’s, movie also earned her the same award from her peers at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2014. She was chosen for the role over 1,000 actresses who auditioned.
Lupita wore an elegant, flowing gown of pale blue Prada gown to receive her Oscar, a gown reminiscent of the bygone glamour in Hollywood. It instantly moved her to the top of the ranks for fashion at the event. Last night, her personality and glamorous style coupled with her acting ability, made her an actress to be reckoned with in the future. She graciously noted in her acceptance speech that the irony that so much joy in her life was due to so much pain in another’s life was not lost on her.
5 Important Things we can learn from the beautiful and talented Lupita Nyong’o.
- Be Fearless and Bold
All of Lupita’s red carpet styles were bold and beautiful.
- Be True to Yourself
Lupita embraced her own look from her skin to her hair. It all complimented her natural look.
- Embrace the Journey of Life
Lupita is smiling and enjoying the moment in every article, picture, or video I have seen.
- Take Risk and Own your style
Lupita shows versatility in her hairstyles, revealing no limits and boundaries to new ideas.
- Follow Your Dreams
No matter the obstacles that stand in the way, dare to make your dreams a reality.
A quote from her Oscar acceptance speech says it all:
“When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child, no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”