We are on record as massive fans of Lupita Nyong’o, who has been on a meteoric rise since being cast in 12 Years A Slave. Now, after winning an Oscar for the role, becoming the new face of Lancôme Paris, and wooing us all with her radiant runway looks, the 31-year-old actress has a new accolade: She’s at the top spot on People Magazine‘s “Most Beautiful People” list for 2014.
Nyong’o told the mag that she grew up thinking “light skin and flowing, straight hair” made women desirable, but that her mother “always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point.” So she’s excited for this honor in part because of “all the girls who would see me … and feel a little more seen.”
We’ll have to wait until the annual special issue hits newsstands to see the full list, but People posted a sneak peek at nine of the other gorgeous (inside and out!) ladies who made the cut:
- Keri Russell
- Jenna Dewan-Tatum
- Mindy Kaling
- Amber Heard
- Gabrielle Union
- Molly Sims
- Stacy Keibler
- Kerry Washington
What do you think of People‘s choice of Lupita Nyong’o as their Most Beautiful person of 2014? Any guesses about the other celebrities we should expect to see filling out the rest of the list?