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For the record, we were riding the Lupita Nyong’o bandwagon before it was all trendy. The Oscar-winning actress has been named “Most Beautiful” by People magazine. 

If you have an argument against that, you’re a lost cause.

Says People:

She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancome Paris, but Lupita Nyong’o “never dreamed” she would be touted as “Most Beautiful” for all the world to see.

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old says of gracing this year’s cover. And especially, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.”

As a teen, Nyong’o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. “It was very strange and very cold!” she says, laughing. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.” 

Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.” 

An Academy Award, a Jay Z shout out, now this; the only person having a better winning streak than Nyong’o at the moment is Pharrell, maybe.

Also making People’s top 50 Most Beautiful list were Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington. Check out the full cover on the flip.

Photos: People

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