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CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: LUPITA NYONG'O GRACES COVER OF ANOTHER MAGAZINE S/S19 ISSUE

CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: LUPITA NYONG'O GRACES COVER OF ANOTHER MAGAZINE S/S19 ISSUE

Photography: Willy Vanderperre Styling: Olivier Rizzo

Hair: Lacy Redway at The Wall Group. Make-up: Aaron de Mey at Art Partner. Manicure: Yuko Tsuchihashi at Susan Price NYC. Digital tech: Henri Coutant. Lighting: Romain Dubus. Photographic assistants: Stefano Ortega and Aaron Lippman. Styling assistants: Niccolo Torelli, Eugenia Gamero and Jose Miguel Dao. Hair assistant: Quilla. Make-up assistant: Tayler Treadwell. Production: One Thirty-Eight Productions. Production assistants: Emma Sparrow, Tom Hennes and Luis Jaramillo. Special thanks to Stephanie Jaillet and Eliza Allenbach at Triplelutz Paris. 

Brief Excerpt from cover story by Lynette Nylander

Last year, as special-forces operative Nakia in Ryan Coogler’s Oscar-nominated Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o and her accompanying all-black lead cast – unprecedented in the superhero-movie genre – caused a seismic shift. Marrying the black experience, which in Hollywood is rarely seen through the African lens, with fantasy fiction, the resultant epic carries an enormous cultural significance that will be its legacy. It was wildly popular: Black Panther was the ninth-highest-grossing film of all time. 2018 also saw Nyong’o reprise her performance as Maz Kanata in the Star Wars franchise, due for release later this year. Both roles – pivotal to megawatt, mega-buck productions – transcend any vague notion of Nyong’o as an ingenue, a rising star. In fact, later this year she will take her place alongside Hollywood’s greats on the Walk of Fame. Despite such acclaim, when we meet in December she is remarkably private: wrapped, understated, incognito in a black coat, deep bucket hat and scarf, in a somewhat sleepy part of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where she lives. Those interviewing Nyong’o in person are asked to speak to her on the telephone beforehand because, as her publicist explains, “she likes to get to know more about you” – and to understand where the conversation might lead. As it turns out, she’s researched me almost as much as I have her.

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Silk-wool dress with sequin embroidery by Prada

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Silk-wool dress with feather cuffs by Valentino

When I think what Black Panther has done for Africans and Africans in their diaspora, it’s this allegorical story about the relationship between Africa and America, reflected in the relationship between T’Challa and Killmonger. It’s a chance for both to consider each other’s perspective in a way that I don’t think popular culture has been effective at doing. It’s really the start of a long-overdue conversation. In no way does it call for answers, but it’s the opportunity to begin to recognise what it is we have in common
— LUPITA NYONG'O ANOTHER MAGAZINE SPRING SUMMER 2019
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Original cotton velvet gown with silk taffeta ruffles by Mr Yves Saint Laurent from Resurrection Vintage

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Printed and glazed silk ruffle gown by Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood

Black Panther has been nominated for “6” Oscars this year. Stay tuned for “Red Carpet Highlights February 24th.

DANCEHALL QUEEN SPICE OPENS UP ABOUT "COLORISM" FOR PAPER MAGAZINE 2019

DANCEHALL QUEEN SPICE OPENS UP ABOUT "COLORISM" FOR PAPER MAGAZINE 2019

CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: CARDI B. OPENS ABOUT FAME, FAMILY, BEING A SEXY MOM FOR THE SPRING FASHION ISSUE OF HARPER'S BAZAAR 2019

CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: CARDI B. OPENS ABOUT FAME, FAMILY, BEING A SEXY MOM FOR THE SPRING FASHION ISSUE OF HARPER'S BAZAAR 2019

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