LUPITA NYONG’O Covers May Issue of HARPER’s BAZAAR – Talks Inhibition, Exhibition, Fame, and Inspiring

Shot by Alexi Lubormirski and styled by Miranda Almond, Lupita Myong’o covers Harper’s Bazaar U.K in their upcoming May 2015 issue-stunning dresses designed by Louis Vuitton.

 

On inhibition and exhibition 

My older sister would dance with abandon. She would do it to entertain. I was so mortified at the thought of wiggling my body in any direction. And I wrestled with myself, because I didn’t want to be so self-conscious. I wanted to be able to enjoy music and not care that I looked cute. I don’t know when something switched in my head, but I’m so glad it did, because I feel like dancing, and being able to enjoy one’s body for oneself is such a precious, precious thing. For yourself, you know?

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On when she thought the hoop-la surrounding her name would die down

You know, I thought it would come to an end after the Oscars. I thought the Oscars would come and go and then all of a sudden everything would be back to normal and I’d be back in my apartment.

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On the need for diversity

It’s an impetus…. It’s 2015, man. We could all use some diversity. I don’t feel like the responsibility I feel comes from any place other than my gut.

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On feeling a responsibility an impetus to speak and inspire

I feel a responsibility to speak about certain things because I wish someone had spoken about them for me. I know I’m in a unique position where lots of people all over the world are seeing me and connecting with me, and perhaps because of my demographic and how limited representation is for my demographic, I do feel not a responsibility but an impetus to speak.

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