Why Lupita Nyong'o Is Our Latest Style Crush - Although We Just 'Met' Her

10/21/2013 at 03:30 PM ET

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All that Oscar buzz you’re hearing about Lupita Nyong’o — as in, she’s basically going to be the Jennifer Lawrence of the 2014 awards season — isn’t the only reason to become acquainted with the 12 Years a Slave star. She’s been gaining some major attention for her red carpet fashion choices, too, and we’ll confess we’re obsessed with her red carpet game. So we decided to write her a series of style love notes for the above four looks (in chronological order from left to right).

Dear Lupita,
We have never seen a shade of blue as pretty as the one on your Roland Mouret V-neck stunner, which you wore to the 12 Years a Slave premiere in N.Y.C. Your glow in this dress girl is on a whole other level. And 93% of our readers love it too.
All the Best,
PeopleStyleWatch.com editors

Dear Lupita,
Usually oversize birds on a dress wouldn’t be our thing, but you totally nail a bold print! Your Miu Miu dress (worn to the L.A. premiere of 12 Years a Slave) is the perfect mix of trendy and girlie (hello, that pleated skirt). And we’d be happy to take those cap-toe Christian Louboutins off your hands whenever you’re done with them. Oh, and loving the purple lips (your makeup artist Nick Barose tells us it’s NARS Guy Bourdin lipstick in “Full Frontal” and now we want our own tube). Thanks for mixing it up.
Till next time,
PSW.com eds

RELATED: See more star outfits we’re buzzing about in Last Night’s Look

Dear Lupita,
You might be a red carpet newbie, but you’d never know it from your A-list wardrobe. Like the perfect Prada ensemble you just wore to the 12 Years a Slave screening in Hollywood: It’s just a chic collared blouse, black blazer and floral shorts, but we can’t think of a better fall ensemble.

Dear Lupita,
Us again. Are you a Barry’s Bootcamp regular? Because this might be the hottest bodycon moment we’ve seen all year. Your Christopher Kane LBD with cut-outs at the waist and elastic paneling is totally flattering without revealing too much. And way to add color with a red pout. Seriously, London must have totally loved you at the 12 Years a Slave premiere.
Call us sometime. We wanna shop your closet.
You Know Who

Now that you know how we feel, tell us: Are you a fan of the actress’s style?

–Brittany Talarico

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Fashion Forward on

Love her! She is flawless.

May_newlywed on

People magazine THANK YOU for showing America a real black woman that has not embraced the European standard of beauty…blond hair, hair extentions, skin lightening. Lupita Nyong’o is absolutely beautiful the way God made black women…Beyonce and others please take notes from the likes of Lupita and Viola Davis! It was hard growing up as a dark skin black woman and not being able to see someone that looked like you in cosmetic ads, fashion magazine. I am so glad young black women will have someone that reflects their form of beauty!


Lupita’s radiant complexion allows her to pull off any color/trend and look good. Her skin is her best accessory :)

Sash on

She looks great!

Guest on

Refreshing to see a new beauty in Hollywood. Can’t wait to see the movie. Love her fashion forward styles, she is gorgeous.

lorelei51h on

Classy!!! Excellent choices! I wish her much success. She is an absolutely pleasant change from the Hollywood stars that leave nothing to the imagination and in turn make themselves look like hoochies.

Keisha on

I love the way her skin is dark all over. I’m a black woman too and some of my body parts are lighter than others. It doesn’t make any diff. and it doesn’t bother me but I admire Lupita’s skin.

Neenee on

Simply beautiful!

Lilyflower on

Beautiful. I love her skin.

Jane on

She is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. She is truly breathtaking. I listened to her speech at that Hollywood event and she is overwhelmed by the attention (she better get use to it though, she is going to be getting a lot of it!!!!). Her smile is radiant and she is classy. She shows her legs in shorts, but her skirts are a bit longer than the runway versions. She embraces her looks without phony embellishments. Beautiful beautiful and talented woman.

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