What a difference a year makes! In less than 12 months, Lupita Nyong'o has become an international star with her latest achievement being crowned People's "Most Beautiful." Now, ET is breaking down the role that her impeccable fashion sense played in earning the title.
"Lupita was the absolute perfect choice for People mag to name most beautiful," said Yahoo! Fashion's Editor-in-chief Joe Zee. "She can represent a diversity in beauty. She can represent this rock star quality in the world of fashion and at the same time this incredible talent in Hollywood."
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Ironically, the 31-year-old Oscar winner didn't always see herself as an attractive person.
"The first person to tell me I was beautiful was definitely my mother," said Lupita. "I finally believed her at some point."
But Zee reminded us that it takes more than just good looks to make an impact as big as Lupita has.
"You look at her wearing the Oscar de la Renta dress... it takes a really bold personality to take a dress off the runway and literally wear it with such sophistication," said Zee. "And of course the true sign of any style icon is when they can make a young designer that is relatively unknown known, and I think that's what she's doing when she's wearing Rosie Assoulin."