Though our annual report of diversity on magazine covers saw a decline in 2017, Vogue is kicking off the new year with a Very Good™ choice: Lupita Nyong'o. The award-winning actress, photographed by Mikael Jansson, is featured on the fashion publication's January 2018 issue in lead-up to her highly anticipated new film "Black Panther," which arrives in theaters in February. This marks her fourth cover for Vogue.
Styled by fashion director Tonne Goodman, Nyong'o shows off her athletic abilities by doing yoga on a stand-up paddleboard while dressed in a Dior jumpsuit and skirt. And to no one's surprise, having to calmly hold a tree pose in the middle of a massive moving body of water is a total piece of cake for her.
Brooklyn-based writer Alexis Okeowo had the chance to speak with Nyong'o for the cover story, which involved a pre-interview conducted by the actress herself — "so that we can have an actual conversation" — as well as a pole dancing class (Nyong'o's suggestion) and a follow-up chat in a car ride to another photo shoot. Throughout their multiple conversations, Nyong'o shared her appreciation for working out and her intense boot camp classes with the cast of "Black Panther." The pair also discussed her upcoming projects, which include obtaining the screen-adaptation rights to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel "Americanah," playing a kindergarten teacher in an independent comedy-horror film "Little Monsters" and starring in a buddy comedy with Rihanna for Netflix.
If you need more reasons to look forward to 2018, Nyong'o will provide you with plenty of them. You can read Okeowo's full interview with her on Vogue.com.