Following her Essence mag debut, Lupita Wyong'o is also the January 2016 cover star of ELLE UK magazine. On the Kai Z Feng cover shot, she is rocking a one long sleeve printed LOUIS VUITTON RESORT 2016 dress. In the issue Lupita talks 'Star Wars', diversity, fame and more. I love how organic she looks on this cover and how she is serving up style in these printed dresses. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview. For more on Lupita's feature, visit ElleUK.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
'The opportunity to play a CGI character for me was the opportunity to not be limited by my physical circumstances. I could experience being bigger or smaller, something totally different to who I am. And of course it’s in a galaxy far, far away.’
‘If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself. And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.’
On her insecurities:
‘[Living in Mexico as a child] people would stop and take pictures of us just because we were black. And it was a time during that tricky adolescent phase when you’re coming into yourself and you’re trying to pave your own way but you’re insecure about where you lie. It devastated me.’
‘I don't think being conspicuous is a state we’re supposed to live in, or at least not permanently. I wish there was a dial we could turn up and down. And in a sense I can, by making very deliberate choices about what I do and when and how, and with whom.’
Credit: ELLE UK