Lupita Nyong’o Is Not Just Beautiful, Her Quotes are Great


Right after her graduation at the Yale School of Drama, her role in the movie “12 Years A Slave” depicting the true life story of Solomon Northup caused many to admire her. She brought her role to life and allowed the overflow of sad emotions among the lovers of motion picture. Lupita definitely did that out of the maltreatment, pain and cruelty she suffered. Her winning of the Oscar’s best supporting role award clearly depicts how well she played Patsey in Steve McQueen‘s historical drama. The vibrant lady is more than just a talented actress who won a highly enviable award. She’s an inspiration, far better than a prove to many African girls who have dreams labelled “air castle building.” Many thought it as an impossibility. To win an Oscar is not an easy achievement relative to how competitive the global movie status quo stands. Lupita is pure Kenyan and has made many proud. PEOPLE‘s magazine named her the world’s most beautiful person for 2014 and she deserves it. She is not simplistically beautiful on the skin but insightful when the lips move for communication’s deed. Below are some quotations from Lupita Nyong’o:


“As actors, you become an expert at starting over.”

“When I was younger, I was almost too afraid to admit that I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t know any successful actors in Kenya, so I felt like I could get away with going to college to study film more easily than I could with saying, ‘I want to be an actor.’ That’s what I did.”


“I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself – accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses.”


“I want to be uncomfortable – acting is uncomfortable.”

“My mother talked about the stories I used to spin as a child of three, before I started school. I would tell this story about what school I went to and what uniform I wore and who I talked to at lunchtime and what I ate, and my mother was like, ‘This girl does not even go to school.”


“There is something about acting that’s mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through.”

“I definitely intend to create my own work in the future so that we don’t have to keep saying, We don’t have work for black women.”


“I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen,” (on named Most Beautiful Person)

“You can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you…beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be. You can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What actually sustains us, what is fundamentally beautiful, is compassion–for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty inflames the heart and enchants the soul.”


“When I look down at the golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”

“I hope that my presence on your screen and my face in magazines may lead you, young girls, on a beautiful journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty, but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.”


“What I will say is that what I have learnt for myself is that I don’t have to be anybody else; and that myself is good enough and that when I am being true to that self, then I can avail myself to extraordinary things…. You have to allow for the impossible to be possible.”

“European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world-the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said ‘Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?’ I was mortified. I remember seeing a commercial where a woman goes for an interview and doesn’t get the job. Then she puts a cream on her face to lighten her skin, and she gets the job! This is the message: that dark skin is unacceptable. I definitely wasn’t hearing this from my immediate family-my mother never said anything to that effect-but the voices from the television are usually much louder than the voices of your parents.”


“Oprah played a big role in my understanding of what it meant to be female and to really step into your own power, 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.”

“I’ve heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she
is worthy-that she can… Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn’t so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Colour Purple , it dawned on me: ‘Oh-I could be an actress!’ We plant the seed of possibility.”


“Being called gorgeous is not a bad thing! But at the same time, I don’t want to thrive on people’s opinions of me.”

“In due time, what I should do next and what I want to do next will reveal themselves. I am not in the business of trying to top this year—that’s virtually impossible.”


“And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no consolation: She’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then Alek Wek came on the international scene. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the
runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden, Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me.”

” And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I had been the day before. I tried to negotiate with God: I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted; I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God
was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.”


“I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on.”

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2 thoughts on “Lupita Nyong’o Is Not Just Beautiful, Her Quotes are Great

  1. Wow! Very inspiring words from this great woman of Africa. A perfect exhibition of wisdom. I have been motivated. Thanks Dan


  2. I also relate with Lupita Nyong’o on this. It’s very true how blacks are stigmatized everywhere. Even in our own circles, the same black people remind us especially those of us who are really dark skinned that we are too dark. Its funny, isn’t it? However I also have a personal belief that God blessed every single human being with a talent but the dark skinned people are mostly the mostly talented. This is true. You just need to observe a little more to notice this. Wonderful piece Danny, I have a conviction that your works are seen and nominated soon. Just expect it……


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