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See What Happened When Lupita Nyong'o Met Her Inspiration

Watch Lupita Nyong'o's Dream Meeting With Her Inspiration

Originally posted 04/27/2014 07:05PM

In an emotional speech at the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon in February, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o credited supermodel Alek Wek's success for giving her own self-confidence a huge boost. "She was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was," Nyong'o said. "I couldn't believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful."

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Lupita Nyong'o, World's Most Beautiful, on Being Beautiful Inside and Out

Lupita Nyong'o, World's Most Beautiful

Originally posted 04/27/2014 11:15AM

She commanded more than 65 red carpets from September through March and became the darling of designers everywhere as she effortlessly pulled off Prada to Dior.

But Lupita Nyong'o – newly crowned "It" girl of Hollywood – had only one main goal after taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her first starring film role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

"I laid low for a week. And I wore the same outfit every day!" she says with a laugh. "And that felt great."

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Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Feel Most Beautiful When I Am Content' | Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Feel Most Beautiful When I Am Content'

Originally posted 04/23/2014 11:00AM

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The Dresses! The Jewels! Behind the Scenes of Lupita's 'Most Beautiful' Cover Shoot

The Dresses! The Jewels! Behind the Scenes of Lupita's 'Most Beautiful' Cover Shoot

Originally posted 04/24/2014 10:25AM

See some gorgeous photos from the glamorous photo shoot

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Lupita Nyong'o Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful

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Lupita Nyong'o Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful

Originally posted 04/23/2014 07:50AM

She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancôme Paris, but Lupita Nyong'o "never dreamed" she would be touted as "Most Beautiful" for all the world to see.

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All the MTV Movie Awards Winners and Their Heartfelt Thank Yous | MTV Movie Awards 2014, Individual Class, Jared Leto, Jonah Hill

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UpdatePosted 04/13/2014 11:00PM

All the MTV Movie Awards Winners and Their Heartfelt Thank Yous

Originally posted 04/13/2014 09:50PM

Jared Leto is on fire.

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Exclusive Details on Lupita Nyong'o's 'Disco-Inspired' Makeup | MTV Movie Awards 2014, People. com Franchises, Individual Class

Exclusive Details on Lupita Nyong'o's 'Disco-Inspired' Makeup

Originally posted 04/13/2014 10:00PM

The star's makeup artist gives us an inside look at her sexy gray shadow

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See the Wildest Styles from the MTV Movie Awards | Lupita Nyong'o

See the Wildest Styles from the MTV Movie Awards

Originally posted 04/13/2014 08:30PM

See Lupita, Rihanna, Jessica and more in the evening's most eye-catching looks

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Lupita Nyong'o Is the New Face of Lancôme: Get a Sneak Peek!

Lupita Nyong'o Is the New Face of Lancôme: Get a Sneak Peek!

Originally posted 04/04/2014 09:50AM

The actress is radiant in her first big beauty campaign

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