Lupita Nyong'o honoured at pre-Oscars luncheon
Lupita Nyong'o was honoured with the award for Best Breakout Performance at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday.
The 12 Years a Slave star, who is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Oscars, stepped out at the Beverly Hills Hotel in a striking all-white ensemble by Giambattista Valli.
Lupita, 30, teamed a cropped sleeveless top with a form-fitting skirt and white pointed heels, adding a pop of colour with some bright red lipstick.
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The Mexican actress accessorised her outfit with a glittering jewel-encrusted headband, gold earrings and a large ring.
Taking to the stage to accept her accolade, Lupita opened up about the struggles she faced during her childhood.
"I got teased and taunted about my skin," Lupita told the audience. "My one prayer to God was that I would wake up lighter skinned.
"The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of the mirror because I wanted to see my face first," she added. "Every day I would feel the disappointment of being just as dark as the day before."
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Lupita, who is a hot favourite to take home an Oscar on Sunday, has made numerous stylish appearances this awards season.
Talking about the sudden interest in her fashion choices, Lupita said, "I wasn't the girl who bought the fashion magazines, I'd always just worn what appeals to me.
"I've admired from afar people like Elizabeth Taylor, Iman, and Cate Blanchett," she said. "When I knew I was going to be doing the press tour for 12 Years a Slave, I got to work and started researching what was happening in the formal world of fashion to try and articulate to myself what my style would be in it all.
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"[It's been] a great discovery — to find clothing artists who are doing things that I feel express something about myself," she added.
Oprah, Naomie Harris, Brandy and pregnant actress Kerry Washington also attended the star-studded luncheon, which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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