Vanity Fair’s annual ‘Hollywood Issue’ is a big deal. Profiling the most significant women in the industry who have accomplished superb work over the course of 12 months and narrowing that list down to a dozen or so, means that the resulting profile can really do wonders for the careers of those it showcases over the next year. Scouts and studios keep an ear out for the most buzzworthy stars in a bid to ensure their movies (and talent) remain on the tips of everyone’s tongue.
This isn’t the first time she has features for the magazine in this particular capacity – the first time was in 2014 when the conversation about her Oscar winning turn in 12 Years a Slave and her slay age of the red carpet turned Lupita into a house hold name.
Forward three years later and she’s done it again:
The Hollywood Issue, according to Vanity Fair celebrates “… the most compelling, powerful, and talented women in the business—among them are three of this year’s best-actress Oscar nominees, two of the most preternaturally gifted child actresses in movie history who are now all grown up, and a Grammy winner who has revealed herself to be a phenomenal acting talent, too…”
Lupita Nyong’o appears alongside another Oscar winner Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o, nominees Amy Adams and Emma Stone of La La Land, sisters Dakota and Ella Fanning, Ruth Nega and Dakota Johnson.
The shoot, as per usual, was photographed by one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished photographers Annie Leibovitz.
Lupita’s Biggest hit in 2016 (aside from her absolute perfection on Lip Sync Battle) was her involvement in one of the most commended films of the year – Queen of Katwe. Vanity Fair says: “Nyong’o starred in that Hollywood rarity—a movie directed by and about a woman of color…”
Strange that we are still in this place, but the fact that Lupita is helping change the perception of beauty in what has long been considered a white washed industry, we are definitely championing her as her career continues to grow and thrive in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair will only initially be available on print in the States, however you will be able to pick up a copy on iPhone Android and Kindle in February.
Here’s to another excellent year, Lupita!
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz. Styled by Jessica Diehl.
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