Fairest of them all ... Lupita Nyong'o has been named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person of 2014. Source: AP
LUPITA Nyong'o has shown she has talent and beauty after being named People magazine's Most Beautiful Person for 2014 a month after nabbing an Oscar.
The 12 Years a Slave actress, 31, joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beyonce Knowles, Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez in receiving the honour.
We love Lupita ... People magazine shows the cover of its special "World's Most Beautiful" issue, featuring Lupita Nyong'o. Source: AP
Nyong'o said she was thrilled by the award but admits that she has not always felt like "the most beautiful person in the world."
"I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned," she said in February. "I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside. There is no shade to that beauty."
Beauty and talent ... Lupita Nyong'o's beauty and talent have made her very popular in Hollywood. Pictured here with Jared Leto. Source: Getty Images
Nyong'o won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancome Paris.
People editorial director Jess Cagle said Nyong'o was an obvious choice to grace the cover.
"She is fantastic. There really was no contest this year," Cagle said. "The way she carries herself with such grace and humility, it put her over the top. I just love her."
In the 25 years that People have been awarding the title, only three men have graced the cover: Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996, 1997 and 1998 respectively.
Her man ... Lupita Nyong'o celebrating with her Oscar after winning the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role award for 12 Years a Slave. Source: AFP