See Why Lupita Nyong’o’s VOGUE Editorial Shot In Kenya Is Her Best Cover Shoot Yet



Lupita Nyong’o rarely disappoints as a cover star for top magazines, but her latest Vogue editorial is on another level of amazing.

Shot in her home country, Kenya, Nyong’o is photographed with her parents, her beautiful grandmother, and fellow Lao women.  Check out the photos below along with captions from


Ever grounded, Lupita says, “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice . . . I feel very passionate about that.” Akris dress and cuffs. Perez Sanz earrings. Source:


“Five pages in, I wrote my manager and agent with the words ‘I must do this film,’ ” Nyong’o says of reading the script for her new movie, Queen of Katwe. 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Walt Cassidy Studio earrings, brass necklace, and beaded necklaces (worn as bracelets). Source:


Lupita with her paternal grandmother, Dorca, age 96, who built a dormitory for orphaned and disadvantaged schoolgirls. Duro Olowu silk coat and skirt. Cult Gaia turban. Walt Cassidy Studio earrings. Source:


Lupita at Dunga Beach, near the shores of majestic Lake Victoria. Chloé dress. Cara Croninger earrings. Christian Louboutin sandals.  Source:


The actress at the Ratta Mixed Secondary school in Kisumu County, where students were gifted Soular backpacks invented by Salima Visram, Lupita’s family friend. Kiki Clothing handkerchief-hem dress. Soko earrings.  Source:


Lupita at home with her father, Senator Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o (far left), who represents the county of Kisumu, and her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o (far right), the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation. On Lupita: Zac Posen dress. Cara Croninger earrings. Stella McCartney loafers. On Dorothy: Antonio Marras dress. Giuseppe Zanotti Design sandals.  Source:


Lupita’s upcoming films include Star Wars: Episode VIII and Americanah. Prada dress. Ashley Pittman bracelet (worn as a necklace). Source:


Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci dress. Tiffany & Co. earrings. 3.1 Phillip Lim sandals. Source:


Lupita celebrates with her fellow Luo women in western Kenya. Roberto Cavalli dress. Cara Croninger earrings. Roxanne Assoulin bracelets. – Source:


“She’s just relentless in her pursuit of authenticity and specificity of the character,” the playwright and Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira says of Lupita. Lupita stands beneath the stone formation Kit Mikayi, close to the Nyongo’s’ village, in a Valentino dress and cuffs. Source:


Lupita was delighted when the ’90s South Sudanese model Alek Wek, “who looked so much like me,” broadened beauty ideals. Missoni dress.  Source:

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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