Lupita Nyong’o: she’s got the acting chops, and she’s got the look

Oscar nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o has been winning critical acclaim not only for her role as Patsy in 12 Years A Slave, but also for her fashion.

The previously unknown actress became an instant fashion “it girl” with her caped Ralph Lauren gown, worn to the Golden Globes.

Since then the 30-year-old actress has gone from fashion strength to strength.

She appeared on Vanity Fair’s 20th annual Hollywood cover, alongside superstars like George Clooney and Julia Roberts and has also graced the cover of New York Magazine’s spring fashion issue.

Nyong’o has shone at every red carpet event this year with a taste for elegant but bold pieces, and fashion houses including Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen have been queuing for the chance to dress the Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised star.

However Nyong’o says she hasn’t always been on top of the latest sartorial trends.

“I wasn’t the girl who bought the fashion magazines, I’d always just worn what appeals to me,” Nyong’o told The Daily Beast.

While her fashion icons include Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Taylor and her own mother Dorothy, Nyong’o made sure she did plenty research into current fashion trends before hitting the red carpet for the first time.

“It’s been a great education – a great discovery – to find clothing artists who are doing things that I feel express something about myself,” says Nyong’o.

There is plenty of speculation around what frocks the stars will wear to the Oscars, and the eyes of the fashion world are firmly fixed on Nyong’o to see what and whom she wears.

For her part Nyong’o says clean lines, classic shapes and solid colours are things that grab her the most.

“I like to wear things, I don’t like things to wear me,” says Nyong’o, who won’t reveal the name of the designer she has chosen.

Nyong’o is competing with Hollywood’s other darling and face of Dior, Jennifer Lawrence, for best supporting actress.

Check out the photo gallery for Nyong’o’s red carpet choices so far.

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