Lupita Nyong’o Vogue Cover: “The Red Carpet Feels Like A War Zone”

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By Michael Lewittes


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Lupita Nyong’o opens up in the July issue of Vogue about her rise to stardom, battling the red carpet, and her Oscar win.

“It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life,” the Kenyan-born actress tells the magazine about her sudden fame. “People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me — before I recognized them!”

Nyong’o says she first realized that her life what changing when she was mobbed by the paparazzi at the airport.

“For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at — and it was me!” she recalls. “That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”

Although she has built a reputation as a red-carpet style star, Nyong’s admits that her first award season was daunting.

“Everyone said, ‘Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!’” she remembers. “I didn’t really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience.”

Nyong’o notes, “Nothing can prepare you for awards season.”

“The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it,” she explains.

The actress won her first Oscar for her break out role in the film 12 Years a Slave, and says the moment they announced her name was “very confusing, very numbing.”

“I was just repeating my name in my head, so I didn’t know whether I had said my name or they had said my name! And then my little brother screamed, and time was suspended and it was just noise in my head,” recalls Nyong’o.

The only thing she remembers for sure is that she told herself, “Don’t fall on those stairs” because “it’s not cute if you follow Jennifer Lawrence — it’s not cute if you’re the second one!” referencing Lawrence’s famous Oscar tumble.

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