There are certain young actresses that, despite only having one or two movie roles under their belts, become immediate darlings in the fashion industry, with designers clamoring to dress them, editors fighting over who gets to shoot them first and international fashion houses offering them contracts to be the face of their brand.
Recent examples of this phenomenon that come to mind are Hailee Steinfeld, who scored a LOVE cover and a Miu Miu campaign after her Oscar-nominated role in True Grit; Elle Fanning, whose performance in Somewhere helped her to land a Marc by Marc Jacobs campaign and countless editorials; and of course, Jennifer Lawrence, who had one hell of a year in 2013, which included an ongoing Dior campaign and an Oscar win for Silver Linings Playbook.
From the looks of it, the next golden girl is 30-year-old Lupita Nyong’o, whose performance in 12 Years a Slave has garnered her a serious following — and fast. In the last two months alone, the former Yale drama student has covered some of the most revered magazines in the industry — DuJour, W and Dazed and Confused — scored a Miu Miu campaign, and has showed serious promise on the red carpet (her red Ralph Lauren gown at the Golden Globes was a shoo-in for best dressed). Although she didn’t emerge a winner last night — J. Law took home the Best Supporting Actress prize that they were both vying for — we doubt she’ll finish out awards season empty handed.
It’s rare that so much buzz surrounds an actress after her first major role, but the fashion industry was quick to celebrate not only her talent, but her beauty. Could we have the next universal obsession on our hands? It sure looks like it. Move over, J. Law. See a preview of her brand new Dazed editorial, shot by Sharif Hamza, below.