Our woman crush today is Kenyan Lupita Nyongo .

Lupita Nyongo started her career working as part of the production crew for several films, including Fernando Meirelles’s The Constant Gardener (2005), Mira Nair’s The Namesake (2006) and Salvatore Stabile’s Where God Left His Shoe and others.

In 2008, Nyong’o starred in the short film “East River”, directed by Marc Grey and shot in Brooklyn. She returned to Kenya that same year and appeared in the Kenyan television series Shuga, an MTV Base Africa/UNICEF drama about HIV/AIDS prevention.

In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced the documentary In My Genes, about the discriminatory treatment of Kenya’s albino population.

Nyong’o went on to enroll herself in a master’s degree program in acting at the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, she appeared in many stage productions, including Gertrude Stein’s Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Immediately after graduating from Yale, Nyong’o landed her breakthrough role.She was cast for Steve McQueen’s historical drama 12 Years a Slave.

Nyongo has been nominated for several awards and was also awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the sixth black actress to win the award, the first African actress to win the award, the first Kenyan actress to win an Oscar and the first Mexican to win the award.

She also became the fifteenth actress to win an Oscar for a debut performance in a feature film.

Nyong’o co-starred in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book (2016), a live-action/animated movie, voicing Raksha. She later co-starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe (2016) and in the currently released Black panther.
Not only is Lupita a great award winning actress, she also recently wrote a new children’s book titled “sulwe” to address the challenges faced by children of dark skin colour.
We celebrate a phenomenal actress, Lupita Nyongo as our woman crush Wednesday.

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