Aja Naomi King And Lupita Nyongo Are On This List Of ELLE’s 2016 Women In Hollywood

Elle magazine

For the 23rd time Elle is celebrating the it girls in television and pop culture. They call these women super talents and recognize them for their impact on the bog screen as well as our daily lives. In particular, they have decided to celebrate Aja Naomi King and Lupita Nyongo. See their covers below:

Aja Naomi King Via Elle:

Aja Naomi King
On looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist:

“I want to write, I want to direct, I want to produce—I want to inhabit what I think it means to fully be an artist. I always wanted to do that, but I didn’t think I had the tools. Now I look at Viola [Davis] and I look at Nate [Parker] and I look at Shonda [Rhimes] and it’s like, You just do it. You just begin, you know?”

Lupita Nyongo Via Elle:

On her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television”:

“I grew up with a very limited mirror of myself. I watched a lot of TV, but the people on it were always light skinned. And now I have a platform that takes me into people’s houses and onto the pages of their magazines.”



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