People magazine picked Lupita Nyong’o as their MOST BEAUTIFUL PERSON, it was announced today. “It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the Oscar winner says of gracing this year’s cover. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”
Others on the list include Mindy Kaling, The Americans star Keri Russell, Pink, Gabrielle Union, Molly Sims, Stacy Kiebler, and Johnny Depp’s future wife, actress Amber Heard.
Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, “always said I was beautiful,” Nyong’o adds. “And I finally believed her at some point.”