Lupita. Even without stating her last name, everyone knows exactly who she is. In five years, the bright, energetic, Kenyan-Mexican actress has taken Hollywood by storm and become a household name. At the tender age of thirty, Lupita was the breakout star of 2013’s jarringTwelve Years a Slave. Since then, not one year has passed without her gracing silver screens all over the country, as well as globally. Giving us riveting performances in films likeStar Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Last Jediand 2018’s record shatteringBlack Panther, Lupita has firmly planted her feet in our theatres, and isn’t going anywhere.
In addition to her talent, another part of Lupita’s allure is her beauty. The world has definitely noticed and developed a sort of obsession with her. After hitting the scene, the actress has already covered U.S. Vogue four times, not to mention many other magazines. This is significant, because we know how hard it is for the world to even acknowledge black beauty on an actual black woman. Be this as it may, Lupita has stepped up to the mat, and accepted the attention with class, poise and charisma.
Lupita and her glam squad have been pioneers for diverse beauty on the red carpet, experimenting with colorful makeup and of course, showcasing natural hairstyles. The fingers behind her hair are none other than those of Vernon Francois. Vernon is an experienced, celebrity hairstylist, known for working with the likes of Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg and Angela Bassett. He also has his own hair care line, which seems to be a natural progress for a natural hair stylist these days. What has been really exciting in his work with Lupita (at least for me), is watching the evolution her hair makes as she grows out her infamous buzzcut. In an interview with Allure, Ms. Nyong’o speaks on this new phase:
My hair is the longest it’s been in over a decade. A lot of that is because I have an amazing hairstylist in Vernon François. He’s been so helpful, helping me learn how to maintain my natural hair texture…Now I love my hair. I love it because I’ve also been able to really embrace the stuff it can do. It’s like clay in the right hands. Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands. Being able to have that kind of playtime with Vernon to create different things has inspired me.
I think we can all relate to having to learn to love our natural hair texture. That illustration about the clay is so true, sometimes it just needs the right set of hands. Somebody call Vernon up for me. My hair needs his help.
In the meantime, though, let’s take a look at a few of the epic looks and styles Lupita has served us over the years.