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Before 12 Years A Slave, Lupita Nyong’o was mostly unknown. Following her Oscar-win for Best Supporting Actress, she’s turned Hollywood upside-down with her own definitions of success and beauty.

As Glamour’s Women Of The Year Issue cover starlet, Nyong’o delves into her humble upbringing, educational background, the media’s negative influence on dark-skinned youth and Oprah being more than just a role model, but a point of reference.

“Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power, she told the fashion mag. “I wouldn’t even call her a role model; she was literally a reference point. You have the dictionary, you have the Bible, you have Oprah.”

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Photo: Glamour

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