The Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o takes the cover of American Vanity Fair‘s October 2019 edition captured by fashion photographer Jackie Nickerson. In charge of styling was Samira Nasr, who for the cover selected look from Valentino. Beauty is work of hair stylist Vernon François, makeup artist Nick Barose, and manicurist Deborah Lippmann.
“In Black Panther, I felt that the African experience was allowed to exist aspirationally. I think it’s more common in America to hear of the struggle of black people than it is to hear of the success. It’s more of a sensation to have a headline about a struggle, you know? ‘Lupita Shunned by People for Her Hair Texture.’ The struggle through having dark skin is clickbait. So when Black Panther came along…it was so refreshing to work on an African narrative that did not lead with the struggle of being African.” – Nyong’o for Vanity Fair.
Photography © Jackie Nickerson for Vanity Fair – www.vanityfair.com