Lupita Nyong'o finally meet her beauty icon, Alek Wek

By Drum Digital
25 April 2014

Lupita Nyong’o to finally meet her beauty icon, Alek Wek.

Lupita Nyong'o to finally meet her beauty icon, Alek Wek. Nyong’o serves as an inspiration for countless girls around the world – she’s a remarkable combination of beauty and brains and more importantly, she has used this to help uplift others.

According to the moving speech she delivered at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood event, Nyong’o acknowledged Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek to be one of her biggest inspirations.

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“Alek Wek came on the international scene, a celebrated model – she was dark as night, she was on all the runways, and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was,” she said.

“I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman that looked so much like me as beautiful,” Nyong’o went on to say. “When I saw Alek, I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny.”

“Lupita’s unique beauty and formidable talent is certainly refreshing to bear witness to, I am a fan of her and how she has validated the dreams of African and non-African women and girls globally,” says Drum magazine beauty editor Lerato Seuoe.

“Like the rest of the world I have followed her on and off the red carpet and admire how she presents herself as a brand. Her wardrobe, makeup and hair is always perfect. It’s this effortless style, grace and poise that has amongst other lucrative deals landed her the coveted role as the new brand ambassadress of international beauty brand Lancôme. I have no doubt that her distinctive look will be a permanent fixture on silver screens, red carpets and award podiums for years to come,” says Lerato.

-Picture courtesy of Lupita Nyong'o's instagram page

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