Whether she’s better known for her spectacular portrayal of Patsey in Twelve Years a Slave or for her tear-jerking, eloquent Oscars acceptance speech, there’s no doubt that Lupita Nyong’o has become an icon. The talented and beautiful Kenyan actress hadn’t even graduated from the Yale Drama School Master’s program before she was cast in the critically acclaimed film that rocketed her to stardom. The fast rise to a fast life hasn’t come without its perks—like (allegedly) dating K’Naan, casually hanging out with fellow Oscar winner Jared Leto, and becoming a muse for photographer of the stars Terry Richardson.

The shots of Lupita show her playful side, though she never ceases to look elegant and alluring.

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