Most Beautiful 2014

Sneak Peek: 2014's World's Most Beautiful List

Who taught Lupita Nyong'o to feel beautiful? Plus: Nine more stars who are gorgeous inside and out in our sneak peek of PEOPLE's annual special issue!

LUPITA NYONG'O

Go behind the scenes of her PEOPLE photo shoot
Though she grew up thinking that "light skin and flowing, straight hair" made women desirable, World's Most Beautiful Woman Nyong'o, 31, tells PEOPLE that her mother "always said I was beautiful. And I finally believed her at some point." The Oscar winner, who's now a face of Lancôme Paris, is excited for this honor in part because of "all the girls who would see me … and feel a little more seen."