Since coming to prominence last year in the multi-award winning movie ’12 Years A Slave’ Lupito Nyong’o has taken the fashion world in a warm embrace. The camera loves her. The fans love her. The designers love her. Lupito Nyong’o : 10 things you didn’t know
- Lupito Nyong’o was born in Mexico City to Dorothy and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, former Minister for Medical Services in the Kenyan government. At the time of her birth, Lupito’s father was a visiting lecturer in political science at El Colegio de México in Mexico City, and her family had been living in Mexico for three years.
- Lupito has dual Kenyan-Mexican citizenship and speaks four languages, her native Luo, English, Swahili and Spanish
- Her Spanish name, Lupito, is a Luo tradition whereby a child is named after the events of the day
- In 2013, Lupito was nominated for 48 Awards and won 21, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
- She became only the 6th black actress to win an Academy Award, the first African, the first Mexican and the first Kenyan to win the an ‘Oscar’
- Lupito was also the 15th actress to win an Oscar for their debut performance in a feature film
- She attended an all-girls school in Kenya and acted in school plays, with a minor role in Oliver Twist being her first play
- Nyong’o cites the performances of Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in The Color Purple with inspiring her to pursue a professional acting career
- In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the treatment of Kenya’s albino population, which played at several film festivals and won first prize at the 2008 Five College Film Festival
- In 2014, Lupito Nyong’o was chosen as one of the faces for Miu Miu’s spring campaign, with Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote
Lupito Nyong’o : 10 Things You Didn’t Know
Lupito Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Patsey in ’12 Years A Slave’ opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor; the true story of a free black man sold in to slavery.