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Lupita Nyong’o is still having the best year ever. The 12 Years a Slave actress and Oscar winner is a Glamour Woman of the Year for 2014 — and of course she looks fab. The interview with Nyong’o is even more fascinating as she speaks candidly about fame and how it’s changed her.

GLAMOUR: How does this change affect you day-to-day?
LN: I’ve had somebody say, “I want you at my wedding, but I don’t want you to pull focus, so wear jeans!” Losing my anonymity is something that’s proving to be very challenging…. It’s good for your soul to walk around unnoticed; there’s so much you can’t do when everybody knows who you are. And I so miss those little things.

GLAMOUR: Like what?
LN: Like being stupid in public. I used to enjoy doing silly walks on the street with my friends. Like, you know, you’re walking, and then you break out in something completely ridiculous, to kind of spook out the person walking by you. I can’t really do that anymore.

Lupita on her beautiful skin color and beauty standards:

“This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn’t hearing this from my immediate family—my mother never said anything to that effect—but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents,” Nyong’o answered.

“I come from a loving, supportive family, and my mother taught me that there are more valuable ways to achieve beauty than just through your external features. Beautiful people have many advantages, but so do friendly people….I think beauty is an expression of love. There’s room in this world for beauty to be diverse.”

Check out the full interview here and check out the rest of Glamour’s “2014 Women Who Dare” issue at glamour.com. Check out our gallery to view photos from the feature!

Credits: Glamour/Tom Munro

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    Lupita Nyong’o is a gorgeous Black Woman. She expresses great, conscious wisdom that people should be inspired by. Her words of wisdom in refuting the lie of colorism are great. It is very important for us to not let others define us. We can define ourselves and love our total being as black people. Dark Skin is beautiful. Black is definitely beautiful. We live in a new generation and we should express compassion for people and forever realize that beauty is diverse (it deals with compassion, integrity, honor, and dignity too).

  • CourtneyrrR

    Lupita you are GORGEOUS !!!! you skin FLawless and beautiful. Such an amazing example to Black girls everywhere and black women that you represent in color and spirit are so damn Proud of you.

  • drm

    I welcome the day when Lupita does not have to address her beautiful (normal and not exotic) dark skin and she can just simply grace the cover of a fashion magazine.