“I Want to Create Opportunities For People of Color” Lupita Nyongo Is On The Cover Of Vogue

Lupita Cover

Lupita Nyongo is on the cover of Vogue and she made my heart sing this morning when I saw it. She shared her home with Vogue as she promoted her new movie Queen of Katwe and to see Africa represented on the cover in its truest authenticity is just amazing.

She brought culture, she brought diversity, she brought tradition and most of all she brought them to her family! Not to mention she had a traditional African headwrap on her head which we have never seen at least not in my lifetime on the cover of any Vogue magazine ever.

Look at Lupita’s emotional reaction to seeing the cover:

Via Vogue:

Lupita Nyongo walks tall, much taller than her height. Her mother, Dorothy, once said that her family will forever tease her about how she walks: as if she believes she’s six feet tall. (She’s five-five.) The first time I meet her, at a laid-back taverna in Brooklyn, where she lives, I feel that walk.

She is cool, straight-backed, circumspect. She doesn’t ooze emotion the way many young Americans do. She orders the green eggs and lamb, and lets the joke speak for itself, not offering a gratuitous laugh. But once we start speaking about her work, she’s all in, as if able to forget the public Lupita for a moment or two, slip inside the details of story and character, and let go.

with her mom and dad

Around Christmas of 2014, Lupita got an email from the director Mira Nair with the script for Queen of Katwe, which tells how Phiona Mutesi, an uneducated girl from the slums of Uganda, rises to become the chess champion of her country and an international chess master. Nair wanted her to play Phiona’s mother, Harriet. “Five pages in I wrote my manager and agent with the words ‘I must do this film,’ ” says Lupita.

To play a mother of four in Uganda, a formidable mother who has so much working against her, was so compelling to me. It wasn’t something I thought I’d be asked to do”—at least not by Hollywood. “The fact that it was based on a true story, an uplifting story out of Africa. . . .” She inhales and shakes her head. “Oh, my goodness, all my dreams were coming true in that script.”

About her platform and mission:

With her grandmother
With her grandmother

She didn’t set out with a mission to tell these African stories, Lupita says. It happened organically. “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice,” she says, searching for the right words, “I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”

You have to read her entire piece here.


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