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Why 2014 Is Officially the Year of Lupita Nyong'o

Jun 23 2014 - 9:00am

How does one top the cover of People's Most Beautiful [1] issue? If you're a confirmed style icon like Lupita Nyong'o, the only higher peak to reach is Vogue. Well, the Academy Award-winning actress just scaled her Everest, because she landed the fashion bible's July cover.

And all the while we were admiring Lupita's Moroccan vacation [2], she was really giving us something to envy because she was shooting an opulent spread for the issue.

Another secret revealed by the July issue is how deep her fashion roots go; growing up in Kenya, the actress designed her own clothing "because it was cheaper than buying retail," she told the magazine. Among those creations: her prom dress. "It was a velvet miniskirt with a matching little top and an iridescent silver translucent fabric that flowed to the ground," she recalled. "It was kind of ridiculous, but it was fabulous at the time." Of its fabulousness, we have no doubt. See Lupita at work, as well as July's chicest cover stars, in the gallery.

Source: Vogue [3]

Vogue July 2014

Lupita Nyong'o photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Source: Courtesy of Vogue

Vanity Fair July 2014

Shailene Woodley photographed by Miguel Reveriego.

Source: Courtesy of Vanity Fair

InStyle July 2014

Kate Hudson [4] photographed by Greg Kadel.

Source: Courtesy of InStyle

Teen Vogue July 2014

Elle Fanning photographed for Teen Vogue.

Source: Courtesy of Teen Vogue

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