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Lupita Nyong’o

March 1, 1983 - present


We will celebrate our present-day shero, Lupita Nyong’o. She was born on March 1, 1983, in Mexico City, Mexico to Kenyan parents. Lupita Nyong'o grew up in an artistic family in Kenya. She self-identifies as Kenyan-Mexican with dual citizenship. She came to the U.S. for higher studies and received a BA from Hampshire College. She graduated with an MFA degree from Yale School of Drama in 2012.

Lupita Nyong'o started acting as a teen in Kenya and went on to work behind the scenes in the film The Constant Gardener. She directed and produced the albinism documentary In My Genes and starred in the TV series Shuga. Nyong'o earned acclaim for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which she won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, she starred in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the Off-Broadway play Eclipsed. The actress also featured prominently in the box office-shattering superhero movie Black Panther (2018)

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