Lupita Nyong’o has had quite the year. She went from wearing sweats as a student in Kenya, to an Academy Award-winning actress… all in just one year.
The 31-year-old 12 Years A Slave star became the face of Lancome and has now landed herself on the cover of Vogue.
She sums up her completely surreal year by telling Vogue, “It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me — before I recognized them!”
The first moment where she knew her life had changed was after the SAG Awards back in January, at the airport late at night, she got swarmed by the paparazzi. “For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at — and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”