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[Pics] Lupita Nyong’o’s Stunning Vogue Cover Editorial Was Shot in Her Native Kenyan Village

Avatar • Sep 15, 2016

If you do nothing else today, read Lupita Nyong’o’s incredible cover story on Vogue.com. The stunning 33-year-old actress covers the magazine’s October issue and, in the accompanying feature, discusses her journey from precocious Kenyan schoolgirl to Academy Award-winning actress. Along the way Nyong’o has had to navigate colorism and backlash from traditional Hollywood and, eventually, create her own lane which includes starring in blockbusters (Star Wars, The Jungle Book), Broadway (Eclipsed) and films that present a fresh view of Africa (Queen of Katwe, Americanah, both upcoming.)

Nyongo’s photo editorial is shot in the stunning beauty of her native Kenya, and includes members of her family, including her 96-year-old grandmother, her mother and her father.

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Lupita at home with her father, Senator Peter Anyang Nyong'o (far left), who represents the county of Kisumu and her mother Dorothy Nyong'o (far right), the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation.

Lupita at home with her father, Senator Peter Anyang Nyong’o (far left), who represents the county of Kisumu and her mother Dorothy Nyong’o (far right), the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation.

Lupita with her Queen of Katwe co-stars Martin Kabanza (far left) and Madina Nalwanga (far right). Lupita plays Harriet whose daughter Phiona becomes a chess prodigy.

Lupita with her Queen of Katwe co-stars Martin Kabanza (far left) and Madina Nalwanga (far right). Lupita plays Harriet whose daughter Phiona becomes a chess prodigy.

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Lupita with her paternal grandmother, Dorca, age 96, who built a dormitory for orphaned and disadvantaged schoolgirls.

Lupita with her paternal grandmother, Dorca, age 96, who built a dormitory for orphaned and disadvantaged schoolgirls.

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Lupita with fellow Luo women in western Kenya.

Lupita with fellow Luo women in western Kenya.

Absolutely lovely!

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Sandy
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Just beautiful…absolutely stunning photos…I’m a huge fan of Lupita. Vogue really captured her beauty and how beautiful her family is as well as Kenya.

Michele A. Yates
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Michele A. Yates

these photos are BEAUTIFUL! And her GRANDMOTHER — JUST GORGEOUS!!! Lupita is JUST GORGEOUS!

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The clothes, backdrop, people, story all stunning. She rocks!

Phosa
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Phosa

Hiya! The photo shoot was in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. Not a village.
Just a correction from a Kenyan 🙂

fortune27
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fortune27

Yeah but that’s not very exotic…(said with tongue in cheek.)

Brandi Quezaire
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Brandi Quezaire

her parents look like they could be her siblings, they look so young!!

eljjai
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eljjai

that be that melanin right there.

fortune27
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fortune27

Absolutely STUNNING!

THOR
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THOR

beautiful

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Lupita is so beautiful!

TWA4now
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TWA4now

She’s beautiful! 🙂 🙂 🙂

zaji
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Amazing!

eljjai
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eljjai

Go Lupita! She makes me want short hair so bad.

Kuwala
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In our eyes, Lupita can never do wrong ? #Slay

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