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Lupita Nyong’o Redefines “It Girl” on the Cover of Marie Claire

From left: Elle Fanning, Lupita Nyong'o and Kate Mara attend Marie Claire Celebrates May Cover Stars on April 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif.
From left: Elle Fanning, Lupita Nyong'o and Kate Mara attend Marie Claire Celebrates May Cover Stars on April 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. Stefanie Keenan—Getty Images for Marie Claire

The star stuns on the cover of a major fashion magazine

Lupita Nyong’o continues her streak of amazingness on the cover of the latest issue of Marie Claire, a major fashion coup for the Oscar winner — but certainly not her last. The Yale-educated star, 31, is one of five young stars included in the fashion magazine’s Fresh Faces issue. The pack includes up-and-comer Elizabeth Olsen, House of Cards’ Kate Mara, Maleficent’s Elle Fanning and Game of Thrones favorite Emilia Clarke.

Nyong’o also took to Instagram to post photos of her posing with Mara and Fanning at the cover release party in Los Angeles. Though the actress has yet to announce her next project, she’s realistic about the future, telling the magazine that she’s “not in the business of trying to top this year — that’s virtually impossible.” While that might be true, there’s little doubt the star will disappoint.

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