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Lupita Nyong'o Covers 'Vogue' for the Second October in a Row

She revealed her issue with an emotional Instagram video that made us cry.
Lupita Nyong'o on "Vogue," October 2016. Photo: Mario Testino/"Vogue"

Lupita Nyong'o on "Vogue," October 2016. Photo: Mario Testino/"Vogue"

It's time to stop expelling energy over the fact that Kendall Jenner now has four international Vogue covers for the month of October alone, because we now have cause to celebrate: Lupita Nyong'o, poetic, noble land-mermaid and Oscar-winning actress, is the cover star of American Vogue's October issue. Nyong'o revealed the news with a heartwarming Instagram video on Thursday, which made three staffers, present company included, cry upon viewing. (This could be because we're emotionally drained from New York Fashion Week, but it's touching nonetheless.)

To celebrate her new movie "Queen of Katwe," a story from her native East Africa, Nyong'o took Vogue — including Mario Testino, Tonne Goodman and her hairstylist Vernon François — to her family's village in Kenya. Her cover line touts her quote, "I want to create opportunities for people of color," which she touches on in a corresponding interview on

"To play a mother of four in Uganda, a formidable mother who has so much working against her, was so compelling to me. It wasn’t something I thought I'd be asked to do" — at least not by Hollywood. "The fact that it was based on a true story, an uplifting story out of Africa…" She inhales and shakes her head. "Oh, my goodness, all my dreams were coming true in that script."

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Interestingly, this marks her second October Vogue cover in a row. Last year, Nyong'o teased her role as Maz Kanata in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for an editorial that was photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. It's an annual trend we can get behind. 

While you wait for the issue to hit newsstands, watch Nyong'o walk through her family home and farm with her father in a video directed by Lotfy Nathan. (And while you're at it, get the recipe for her family's traditional Kenyan Ugali.)

Homepage photo: @lupitanyongo/Instagram

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