Lupita Nyong'o was on hand for the TIFF to promote her new film Queen of Katwe. The Oscar winner announced her October 2016 cover of Vogue magazine earlier today. On the cover which was shot by Mario Testino, Lupita is beautiful wearing a CHANEL RESORT 2017 floral embroidered dress. Lupita traveled back to her home town in Kenya for her fashion spread & interview. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see her fashion spread. For more on Lupita's feature, visit Vogue.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
Roberto Cavalli dress, Cara Croninger earrings and Rosie Assoulin bracelets.
There are certain cards that have been dealt to me that I take on. I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.
On comparing her story to the characters of Queen of Katwe:
Phiona keeps going up against her mother and is unable to achieve her potential until her mother comes on board in a little way, even just buying the kerosene that allows Phiona to read.” (Phiona, like so many village girls, walks kilometers to fetch water, helps her mother with washing and cooking, and by the time she has a minute to study the chess books that could elevate her game, it’s dark and there’s no electricity.) Eventually Harriet will sell her clothing fabric to get kerosene for Phiona. You see how you can hinder your children, not because you mean to but because you have a limited view.
On using her platform to shade light on Africans:
Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice, I feel very passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.
On taking charge of her career:
I have an inner compass. I am definitely at a point where I feel like taking charge of what I want to make.
Chloe dress, Cara Croninger earrings and Christian Louboutin sandals.
3.1 Phillip Lim dress and Walt Cassidy Studio jewelry.
Lupita wearing a Duro Olowu dress and a Cult Gaia turban with her Grandmother.
Akris dress & cuffs and Perez Sanz earrings.
Kiki Clothing handkerchief dress and Soko earrings.
Valentino dress & cuffs.
Valentino dress and Ippolita earrings.
Lupita wearing a Zac Posen dress, Cara Croninger earrings and Stella Mccartney loafers with her parents.
Givenchy dress, Tiffany & Co earrings and 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals.