Lupita Nyong’o has been named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person of 2014.”
Nyong’o, 31, has been on a roll since the release of her debut film 12 Years a Slave. In March, the star took home an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in the film. She was also recently appointed brand ambassador of Lancôme, making history as the first black female to hold the position.
Nyong’o was named to the cover during a segment on “Today.” Of the choice, People editorial director Jess Cagle said Nyong’o was an obvious choice to grace the cover on this, the 25th anniversary of the issue.
“She is fantastic. There really was no contest this year,” Cagle said of Nyong’o, adding, “The way she carries herself with such grace and humility, it put her over the top. I just love her.”
“Im flattered,” Nyong’o told “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie of the title. “But flattered sounds like such a flighty word. I’m flattered with gravitas under it.”
Earlier Wednesday, “Today” asked viewers who they think should be on this year’s cover. The Non-Stop actress made the audience’s top three choices alongside Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
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