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Biography of Lupita NYONGO

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Born on 01/03/1983 (format : day/month/year)

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Lupita Amondi Nyong'o born March 1,1983, is Kenyan Mexican actress.

Lupita was born in Mexico City, where she and her family were political refugees. Her parents decided to adhere to Kenyan tradition — naming your child after the events of the day — and give her a Mexican first name.
Her father, Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, is a former minister and current member of Kenya's parliament. Thanks to his notoriety there, Lupita has a realistic view of fame, telling the LA Times, "I grew up in the limelight and being the child of someone famous, so my relationship with fame is not bedazzled."

She's a fashion-industry darling! Lupita covers the February issues of W Magazine and Dazed and Confused and has already landed a gig as one of the new faces of Miu Miu's Spring campaign. In April 2014, Nyong'o was announced as the new face of Lancôme

Lupita Nyong'o is the second of six children. . Her parents, although originally from Africa, were in Mexico as political refugees but before Lupita was even a year old, they moved back to Kenya when he father was hired as a professor at the University of Nairobi. At 16, Lupita was sent back to Mexico for a few months to learn Spanish.

Lupita attended university at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and graduated with a degree in film and theater. She began her film career behind the scenes of a major motion picture by chance. While home in Africa for the holidays from college, Nyong'o found out that the film The Constant Gardener starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz was shooting in her neighborhood and landed a job as a production assistant through a friend. In 2008 she made her screen debut in the short film East River.

In 2008, Lupita returned in Kenya to star in the MTV mini-series Shuga about HIV and youth in Nairobi. Lupita played the part of Ayira during the run of the show from 2009 to 2012. In 2009, Lupita wrote, directed and produced the documentary In My Genes, which was about the harsh treatment of Kenya’s albino population.

Soon after, Lupita travelled back to the United States and enrolled in Yale’s School of Drama. While attending college she appeared in several stage productions including The Winter’s Tale in the role of Perdita, Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew as Katherine and the production Uncle Vanya.

Just as she was about to graduate in 2012, Lupita auditioned for Steve McQueen's film, 12 Years a Slave. Although she was just one of 1,000 actresses auditioning for the role of Patsey, she was chosen and made her motion picture debut. The film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender, received critical acclaim and won a Golden Globe for Best Drama. Lupita herself received an Academy Award for her outstanding performance as well as a Screen Actors Guild award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role.

In Lupita’s second major film Non-Stop, she played a supporting role alongside Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.

Lupita has also been chosen to star in the ad campaign for Miu Miu’s spring campaign alongside up-and-coming stars Elizabeth Olsen, Elle Fanning and Bella Heathcote.

Currently, Lupita lives in Brooklyn, New York with her brother.

Family: Her father is a senator in Kenya , her mother is the managing director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and her own communications company.  Her cousin Isis Nyong'o is a media and technology leader who was named one of Africa's most powerful young women by Forbes magazine

She became an inspiration :

On February 27, 2014, at the Essence Black Women In Hollywood luncheon in Beverly Hills, she gave a speech on the beauty of black women and talked about the insecurities she had as a teenager. She said her views changed when she saw South Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek become successful.She mentioned receiving the following letter from a girl she had inspired in turn:

"I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me."

— Lupita Nyong'o quoting a letter written to her by an unidentified little girl from Africa



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