It’s no surprise since the screen and style star had everyone doing a double take throughout awards season, starting with her ruby red Ralph Lauren and culminating in her Prada Nairobi blue and Oscar gold. She’s also the third African American to land the coveted cover, joining the like of Halle Berry and Beyoncé. Funny thing is, Nyong’o never dreamed she would receive this year’s title. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," she told the glossy. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
She’s spoken openly about learning to love her own beauty outside of society’s standards, but it doesn’t mean she was afraid to experiment. Along with her rainbow of matching shadows and lippies, her hair has also undergone major transformations, including shaving it all off! "It was very strange and very cold!" she laughed. "It was scary but I like to dare myself."
Though Lancôme’s latest leading lady regularly plays with color, she feels her most beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. Her explanation? “Happiness is the most important thing," she said. Excuse us while we do a happy dance!