Alek Wek on Inspiring Lupita Nyong'o: "I Was Amazed and Very Humbled"

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Alek Wek attends the Fashion Illustration Gallery At Christie's, which is a celebration of fashionable art in partnership with Issa London with support from Blakes hotel on December 17, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for In+Addition)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Lupita Nyong'o winner of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role poses in the press room during the Oscars at Loews Hollywood Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Alek Wek on Inspiring Lupita Nyong'o: "I Was Amazed and Very Humbled"

The supermodel details how her mother empowered her and her sisters.

Published March 5, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o's star has been shining bright since her breakout performance on 12 Years a Slave and her Academy Award win this past weekend has solidified her status as an incredible actress. During the recent Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, Nyong'o opened up about struggling with her image as as a child and being inspired once Alek Wek came on the scene. Not only did she finally have a role model who looked like her, but Wek's own rise as a supermodel helped Nyong'o go for her own dreams.

When Essence spoke with Wek about the influence her success had on Nyong'o, Wek expressed her joy over the actress' success as well as her own journey to self-acceptance. 

"I was amazed and very humbled by Lupita's words, and I am so proud and happy that her talent was deservedly recognised with her Oscar award," she wrote.

"When I was growing up, my mother taught me and my sisters to celebrate each other — there was no room in our household for negativity. She taught us to embrace each other and this was empowering for us. She also taught us the value of celebrating our differences."

To read Wek's entire response, click here. always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture.

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Written by Dorkys Ramos


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