By: Kayla Reyes
Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and film director. Born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, Lupita attended college in the United States where she received her bachelor's degree in film and theater studies.
Lupita started off as a production assistant in Hollywood, but soon made her acting debut in the short film East River. She wrote, produced and directed the documentary In My Genes early on in her career. In 2012, Lupita completed her masters degree in acting and soon after her graduation received her first feature film as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave. She was commended on her performance and won several awards including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Academy Award!
Now, Lupita is most known for her roles in Black Panther, Star Wars and US. She also has recently written a book called Sulwe which will be released in October this year! She stated, “I wrote Sulwe to encourage children to love the skin they are in and see the beauty in radiates from within.”
Lupita Nyong’o has made history and is breaking down barriers for women of color in the film industry! We continue to wish Lupita success and will follow her on her career journey!