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Lupita top choice for Glamour cover honor

Lupita Nyong’o was the only possible option for the December edition of US Glamour magazine.

The 31-year-old actress won an Oscar this year for her performance in 12 Years a Slave and has gone on to become a true style icon.

To mark this, she will be honoured by US magazine Glamour on Monday. Editor-in-chief Cindi Leive opened up about why the star was picked to appear on the front of the glossy publication's latest edition.

"Lupita Nyong’o is our cover girl. To me, you could not have done anybody else this year. It was so her year," she smiled to WWD.

"In the eyes of the world, she kind of came out of nowhere. In her very first major acting role, she completely nailed this performance and then also, as luck has it, she’s this exceptional woman of gravitas.

"She can speak really eloquently about issues of beauty and identity. She kind of has it all. She’s a fashion plate and a real Glamour girl, and a real woman of substance. We were kind of like, slam dunk, it’s got to be her."

Others to be congratulated at Monday's Women of the Year awards include Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling and Natalia Vodianova.

Lupita looks stunning on the December cover, grinning broadly as she wears a white strappy dress and glitzy chandelier earrings. In the accompanying interview she addresses overcoming racism to embrace her looks.

"European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world - the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love. Africa is no exception. When I was in the second grade, one of my teachers said, 'Where are you going to find a husband? How are you going to find someone darker than you?' I was mortified," she revealed.

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