Lupita on the Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Make sure to look out for Harper Bazaar’s May issue on the newsstands today. Why? Because Lupita Nyong’o’s beautiful face adorns its cover.

With a subtle pink flower behind her left ear, Lupita is shown on the British magazine’s cover page wearing a Chopard ring, flashing a bright smile with a sub-header beside her reading “The New Face of Beauty.”

Speaking with Sophie Elmherst from Harper’s, Lupita emphasized her position as an internationally acclaimed actress as one that calls for her to be a source of inspiration and a representative of diversity.

“Lots of people all over the world are seeing me and connecting with me, and perhaps because of my demographic and how limited representation is for my demographic, I do feel not a responsibility but an impetus to speak,” she said, noting that she wished there were more voices like her’s out there.

The 32-year-old Oscar-winning actress also pointed out that it becomes quite emotionally straining to publicly speak about such topics.

“I wish I took it more lightly sometimes because it costs a lot,” she said. “Which is why I can’t do those speeches every weekend, because it costs a lot to share from such a deep place, if you will.”

However, proud of her heritage, Lupita added: “I don’t know how to speak from any other place. Oratory is something that’s really important to Kenyans, the way one speaks to the masses, it’s an art almost.”

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.