You may know her as fearless Nakia from Black Panther, but how much do you know about Lupita Nyong’o and her real life awesomeness? Here are just a few reasons why we love her.

Fitness fact

Lupita is a big fan of yoga and meditation, which are parts of her morning routine. However, she’s also a huge fan of playing squash. Oh, and one more thing- her favourite gym song is So Special by Mavado. What a great jam to add to your workout playlist!

How she glows 

Lupita is known for her beautiful, glowing skin. She has shared that she loves using natural oils such as avocado oil and Hawaiian Kukui Oil on her face. Her skincare philosophy is to keep things “natural, simple and straightforward".  

Steal her style

On the red carpet, Lupita is known for her grace and elegance in beautiful dresses which elongate her figure. She also doesn’t shy away from bold colour, and dares to step out in show-stopping pieces on the regular.

Why she’s a Flame

“It's only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you're not expressing the utmost of your human experience.”

Lupita is fearless both on and off screen. She owns her dark skin and natural hair, and in doing so she has challenged the beauty industry to do the same. This cause is close to her heart, so much so that she recently wrote a children’s book called Sulwe, which tells the story of a young Kenyan girl’s journey to self-acceptance.

Lupita loves giving back and supports many charities and causes including the African Wildlife Foundation, American Association of Retired Persons, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, GLAAD, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Save the Elephants and WildAid.

Bold yet humble, fierce yet kind- Lupita is an inspiration to millions of young girls across the globe. We can’t wait to see what exciting projects she has in store in 2019. What an absolute flame, not just in summer but all year around!

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