Lupita Nyong’o Credits Pole Dancing For Her 'Black Panther' Bod

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09:  Lupita Nyong'o attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Lupita Nyong’o Credits Pole Dancing For Her 'Black Panther' Bod

“I thought, I need to learn how to do that.”

Published December 21, 2017

Lupita Nyong’o is slaying the January cover of Vogue with a graceful tree pose atop a surfboard, a move that seems like it takes yogis supreme discipline to master. But inside the issue, she’s talking about her love of a more free-spirited sport — pole dancing! Yes, in addition to regularly working out with a personal trainer, the key to the Hollywood star’s toned deltoids, triceps and biceps in Marvel’s upcoming flick Black Panther is indeed pole dancing classes at NYC’s Foxy Fitness.

Lupita even took Vogue reporter Alexis Okeowo, along with her for a class and her account of their field trip is too good not too share:

“Dressed in a dusty-pink sports bra and a matching wrap skirt over cream shorts, Nyong’o groans half-jokingly during the strenuous warm-up, then scrutinizes her pole with seriousness. Each time our instructor, competitive champion Ashley Fox, shouts out a new, seemingly impossible move, I wearily wilt against mine, and Nyong’o bursts into laughter.”

So what sparked Lupita’s love of the pole? She explained that the intrigue began after a night out with friends at a “fancy” gentleman’s club. The strength and other abilities the dancers showcased was enough to motivate her  to try it herself. “It was incredible and sexy,” she told Vogue, “and I thought, I need to learn how to do that.” Lupita’s other healthy living tips included stretches, consuming a great deal of water, enjoying massages and winding down with Epsom salt baths that keep her consistently at her best.

Who else is signing up for pole class in 2018 after seeing the actress serving bawdyyy on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi red carpet? *raises hand*

Written by Jazmine A. Ortiz

(Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)


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