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Lupita Nyong'o's 'fearless' fashion

Celebrity stylist June Ambrose thinks Lupita Nyong'o is the "poster child" for positive change.

The 12 Years a Slave star picked up the best supporting actress Oscar dressed in a powder blue Prada gown at the Academy Awards this year.

She's topped countless best-dressed lists and celebrity stylist June Ambrose, who has worked with Jay Z and Pharrell Williams, believes Lupita is an important style role model.

"I think that she’s the poster child for better times," June explained to The Cut on nymag.com. "In terms of colour and being fearless and celebrating loving colour, it’s really meaningful. Honestly, she could wear anything she wants. She’s a straight up-and-down girl. She’s model-like. But you can tell that there’s an honest connection with everything that she’s wearing. It’s been a very provocative time. Especially in the world of editorial, where there’s this fight, and on the runways, to see more women of colour. I like that she’s unafraid to be vocal about it.

"That’s what life and style is about. It’s a common conversation. To me, it’s a conversation we can all have. Fashion breaks down every barrier, in my opinion. We can all talk about fashion."

While attending premieres and award ceremonies, Lupita has been spotted in designs by Dior Couture and Ralph Lauren. The 31-year-old also attended Miu Miu's Fall/Winter 14 presentation at Paris Fashion Week. But all this shoulder-rubbing with the stylish doesn't come naturally to her.

"I've not always been a huge fashion fan. I've always cared about what I look like, but with 12 Years a Slave and the tour of promotion around the world, I've been able to explore and play. I've learned a lot about presentation, actually," Lupita previously told British magazine Grazia. "I never knew what the formal fashion industry was up to - it was all a mystery to me. It's all new and an exciting education. I've been introduced to a whole new world where clothing is art."

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