After dominating magazine covers during awards season, Lupita Nyong'o's life has settled down ever-so-slightly, as she's won roles in Star Wars and Americanah. Now she's on the cover of the July issue of Vogue, the mother of all fashion magazines.
Photographed by Mikael Jansson at a spa and in the markets of Marrakech, Morocco, the profile of Nyong'o was written by Hamish Bowles, who calls the actress "cucumber-cool, as beautiful and hieratic as an ancient Egyptian statue of a cat goddess."
Bowles writes that Lupita's particularly proud of her new Lancôme contract because their brand ambassadors – Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet and Penélope Cruz – "are very different, unique women—it's not about conforming to an already established idea of what is beautiful, and I like that." He also notes that she's pretty cute with her "close-knit" family:
In Morocco, hearing that Dorothy fretted that her daughter wasn't eating enough, Lupita spelled out I Love You with her Ksar Char-Bagh breakfast fruit and sent it to her as a charming freeze-frame iPhone video on Mother's Day.
In general, this issue looks very ra-ra, women rock, with cover lines like "Women to Watch: It Girls, Newsmakers, Rule-Breakers + Scene Stealers," Cara Delevingne as "everyone's favorite fashion rebel" and Pussy Riot "storming the world stage." Nyong'o fits right in.
Images via Mikael Jansson/Vogue