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In what has got to be breaking some sort of land-speed record for starlets, Lupita Nyong'o has already landed her first Vogue cover. The actress covers the magazine's July issue in Prada, photographed in Marrakech by Mikael Jansson with an accompanying article by Hamish Bowles.
In the piece Nyong'o speaks about her sudden fame, mentioning an incident at an airport when she realized everything had changed. The actress was mobbed by papparazi and she remembers, "for a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at—and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity." She also discusses the importance of her red carpet choices, selected with the help of stylist Micaela Erlanger who she met through friend Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey. She describes six-hour fittings as "a job; it's work" but said when you find that right dress, it's all worth it. "Especially for the bigger awards, the dress let me know it was going to be worn," she said. "It's quite scary when you fall in love with a dress, because it's nothing to do with your brain. It's like a gut reaction."
Lupita lovers should read the entire piece, where we learn more about her schooling, her family and her boyfriend, Somali-born rapper K'naan.
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