Lupita Nyong’o sets the red carpet on fire everytime she steps out with her effortless beauty and always-on-point fashion choices. On the one-year anniversary of winning an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o opened up on the ups and downs of fame, how she deals with social media, and loving herself when her glam squad is not around.

While talking to lucky magazine Nyong’o reveals to the magazine that her mother banned her from wearing makeup as a young girl, and that the strict rules of her household have had an unexpected benefit to her as an adult.


“My mother has never ever worn a drop of makeup in her life — not even at her wedding,” she says. “Honestly, my mother’s outlook was hard for me to take when I was a teenager and I wanted to experiment. But in the end I appreciated it because today I can look in a mirror with no makeup on and love myself.”

In addition to her makeup evolution, the gorgeous star also talked about the pressures of celebrity and her rule for posting on social media.

“The not-so-fun part of all this is that when I don’t feel like being famous, I still am,” she admits. “When you’re in the middle of Manhattan and you have to pop into Starbucks to use the restroom and everyone recognizes you when you’re waiting on line, it’s awkward.”

Though Nyong’o is known to be a class act and has avoided the social media missteps that a lot of up-and-coming stars make, she isn’t afraid of Twitter or Instagram. “I’m governed by things that made me smile, laugh and think,” she says. “And if they do that to me, then I ask myself, Would anybody else care to see this? If I can think of one person, I post it.”

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