And Just Like That!

Style Observer

Sunday, January 19, 2014    

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It was a jaw-dropping moment when Lupita Nyong'o made that stunning red-carpet appearance at last weekend's Golden Globe Awards in a vermilion-red cape Ralph Lauren dress. In one fell swoop, the Mexican-born thespian of Kenyan descent shot to the top of best-dressed lists everywhere, and made us full-fledged Lupita converts.

Indeed, Tim Gunn of Project Runway and Under The Gunn raved on ABC's The View Thursday last about the gown's "classical silhouette".

Winning critical raves and a slew of Best Supporting Actress nominations (including a just-announced Academy Award nod) for her searing turn as Patsey, a woman wrestling with emotional turmoil in the Golden Globe-winning Best Film winner 12 Years A Slave, Nyong'o is a budding fashion darling, gracing covers of fashion glossies W and Dazed & Confused and has been chosen as one of the faces of Miu Miu's 2014 campaign.

The 30-year-old actress graduated from Hampshire College in the United States with a degree in film and theatre and later enrolled in the acting programme at the Yale School of Drama, appearing in stage productions such as Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. She landed her breakthrough film role in 12 Years A Slave immediately after graduating from Yale in 2012.

Nyong'o, whose previous acting credits include a starring role in the Kenyan television series Shuga, is slated to star in Liam Neeson's upcoming action flick Non-Stop (due next month), as well, we're sure, on many red carpets and best-dressed lists.





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