Grace, style, elegance, beauty, intelligence, humility, and excellence.
I don’t know her personally, but this woman has captured the world by storm for her incredible qualities–not only as an actress, but as a human being.
On March 2nd, 2014, Lupita Amondi Nyong’o became the first Mexican-Kenyan to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “12 Years A Slave.” She is also listed as the 5th black woman to win an Oscar, exactly 75 years after Hattie McDaniel won the first Oscar given to a woman of color for her role in “Gone With The Wind.”
Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico with parents of Kenyan decent. She returned to Kenya with her family when she was less than one year old, and journeyed back to Mexico to learn Spanish when she was 16. She landed the role of Patsey in “12 Years A Slave” immediately before graduating from Yale with an MFA degree.
I really admire Lupita not only because of her achievements, but also for some of the similar life characteristics that we share. She too is a child from a household of six children, and grew up in an artistic family with a love for fashion and the arts. She is also an example to the world that no matter what you look like on the outside, you can be an icon of beauty and intelligence from the inside.
Often times we may feel boggled down by the pressures of the society we live in. Wheter it be economical, racial, communal, societal, or spiritual, we all experience struggle. Yet, every now and then we have the opportunity to experience success, if not our own, through the lives of others. It is encouraging to know that the journey is not for naught, and that hard work and perseverance do eventually pay off. While watching the recap of the Oscars, I shed a small tear watching just how thankful Lupita was to see the products of her hard work come to fruition. Her moving acceptance speech reminded me, and all of us, that no matter where we’re from or who we are that “our dreams are valid.” Hopefully you were as impressed as I was. Go out and be the change you want to see in the world. Happy Wednesday.
Watch Lupita’s entire acceptance speech below.
Lupita Nyong’o has won 19 awards for the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role alone, including her Oscar from the Academy Awards.