Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o

This has been quite the year for Academy Award Winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o (31) as Maison Lancôme announced her as its new brand ambassadress.

A recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama, she has an eclectic artistic repertoire, having performed on stage, and directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, In My Genes, about the reality of living with albinism in Kenya.

Lupita, who cites happiness as the most attractive form of radiance says,

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancome, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” confided Lupita Nyong’o. Joining Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz, and the recently appointed young actress Lily Collins, Lupita Nyong’o will be seen this summer in campaigns shot by star photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

“Both talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices, Lupita is by essence the Lancome woman,” stated Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancome International. “A strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman, serenely but strongly living her life her own way, Lupita has this special kind of aura both enlightening and deep.”

Xavier Vey, President of Lancome USA added, “Lupita’s authentic inner and outer beauty, her exquisite grace, and true confidence represent today’s modern woman.  Having Lupita as a Lancome ambassadress will help support our mission in the U.S. market which is to speak to all women.  Her rising star status is like a blooming rose; she is elegant and has an undeniable brilliance.”

Lancome Paris has been around for more than 75 years, and is the world’s leading luxury beauty brand.  Their goal is to provide women with the highest quality products and services that fulfill their quest and enthusiasm for beauty.

Lupita, who was born in Mexico City to Kenyan parents-exudes both intellect and beauty, will join an exclusive group of other women of color including: Halle Berry, (Revlon), Queen Latifah (Cover Girl), Ethiopian born, Liya Kebede (Estee Lauder), Veronica Webb (Revlon), Joan Smalls (Estee Lauder) and Roshumba Williams (Cover Girl & Maybelline).

Congratulations and continued success!