Lupita Amondi Nyong'o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress renowned for her compelling performances in both film and theater. Born on March 1, 1983, in Mexico City to Kenyan parents, her father is the Kenyan politician Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Raised mainly in Kenya, she holds dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship.
Nyong'o attended college in the United States, graduating from Hampshire College with a degree in film and theater studies. She later honed her acting skills at the Yale School of Drama, where she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting in 2012.
Nyong'o’s breakthrough role came soon after her graduation, when she was cast as Patsey in Steve McQueen's historical drama "12 Years a Slave" (2013). Her performance was widely praised and led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Kenyan and Mexican actress to win an Oscar.
Following this success, Nyong’o has appeared in various film genres. She took on roles in big-budget productions such as the Star Wars sequel trilogy, where she played the CGI character Maz Kanata, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she plays Nakia in "Black Panther" (2018) and its sequel. Her performance in "Us" (2019), a horror film by Jordan Peele, garnered critical acclaim.
Beyond acting, Nyong'o has also worked as a director, notably on the music video for Jay-Z’s song "Many Faced God". She is known for her advocacy work in women's rights and animal conservation; she is also a noted public speaker on issues including race, beauty, and Hollywood's representation of both.
Nyong'o has been an inspiration for many, advocating for diversity within the arts. Her grace on the red carpet and work with various fashion brands have made her a style icon. In addition to her acting and societal contributions, Nyong'o has also authored a children's book named "Sulwe" (2019), which aims to inspire children to appreciate their own unique beauty.
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