Lupita Nyong'o Is People's Most Beautiful!

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....and People's Most Beautiful person is Lupita Nyong'o!

The Oscar-winning actress graces the cover of this year's Most Beautiful edition of People Magazine.

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old said. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."

The Mexi-Kenyan actress told the magazine that she first equated beauty with what she saw on television. "Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair," she said. "Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess." 

As a teenager, Nyong'o dyed her hair every color of the rainbow -- except blonde -- and even shaved her head bald. "It was very strange and very cold," she said. "It was scary, but I like to dare myself."

And when does the 12 Years A Slave star feel prettiest? "When I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on," she answered. "And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing."

Congratulations, Lupita! We couldn't be happier to see you on the cover! 

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Cristina Arreola, Editorial Assistant

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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