Lupita Nyong’o for New York Magazine

Lupita Nyong’o continues to flavour editorials around the world with her delectable beauty and elegance. Here she is as the face of spring fashion for New York magazine…

The magazine also interviews the 30-year-old; delving into her family’s transition from Kenya to Mexico (where she was born) and her current life as a celebrated actress. Here are some highlights:

On going gluten-free (I had to note this tiny tidbit for obvious reasons):

I haven’t always been gluten-free,” Nyong’o explains in a measured tone, after scanning the menu and coming up short. “I’ve done it for maybe nine months.

On moving to the US:

I thrive on structure,” she says. “I find my freedom in structure. It was very hard to adjust to an individualistic and very liberal system. I mean, my upbringing, I would iron my clothes every night. I would plan what I wore the night before, and then I would iron it. That’s just the way my mom raised us. Then I got to Hampshire, where clothing is sometimes optional and all this kind of thing. I was mortified.

On getting acting advice from Ralph Fiennes:

He asked me what I wanted to do with my life, and I very timidly admitted that I was interested in being an actor. He sighed and said, ‘If there’s something else that you want to do, do that. Only act if you feel you can’t live without it.’ It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, but it was the thing I needed to hear.

On adjusting to life in the spotlight:

I’ve been in a bubble. I haven’t been out much. I haven’t gotten used to being recognized.” More than that, “I was blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of the project I was in or what it was going to mean for the world.

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