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Lupita Nyong’o Becomes New Face of Lancôme

Lupita Nyong'o attends the European Premiere of "Twelve Years A Slave" during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 18, 2013 in London,
Lupita Nyong'o attends the European Premiere of "Twelve Years A Slave" during the 57th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 18, 2013 in London, Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images

The 31-year-old Academy Award winner for 12 Years A Slave lands her first big endorsement as the face of the French luxury brand, saying she's proud to push the idea that "beauty shouldn't be dictated," but rather be "an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself"

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o’s breakout year just keeps getting better. The 31-year-old actress is the new face of Lancôme cosmetics, becoming the first black ambassador for the French luxury brand.

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” Nyong’o said in a statement.

Lancôme is Nyong’o’s first major endorsement deal since nabbing the Academy Award for best supporting actress in early March for her role in 12 Years a Slave. She joins a host of other famed Oscar-winning actresses as ambassadors for the brand, including Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz, and Kate Winslet. According to USA Today, her ads will begin appearing this summer.

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