Lupita Nyong'o Named People Magazine's 'Most Beautiful'

The actress says she's happy to be a role model for little girls who'll see the cover.

Posted: 04/23/2014 12:25 PM EDT
Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o has been named this year's most beautiful person by People magazine! The 12 Years a Slave star has been lauded not only for her breakout role as Patsey in the film (earning her an Academy Award for her performance), but also for her beauty and style. Nyong'o recently signed on as Lancôme Paris and her flawless face has been gracing the covers of magazines while wooing us with her down-to-earth personality. Now People has chosen the 31-year-old for the title and the cover of its annual issue listing the most gorgeous celebs on the scene.

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," Nyong'o said of being named the most beautiful person. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen."

In previous interviews, Nyong'o has said that she didn't always feel so comfortable in her skin, a sentiment she repeated during her chat for People magazine.

"Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she said when explaining how these popular images on television and media led to her equating those features with beauty. "Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess."

Thankfully, her mother, Dorothy, kept reminding her of her own beauty and "I finally believed her," Nyong'o said.

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(Photos: Alexi Lubomirski/People Magazine, May 2014)

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