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Go Behind the Scenes of Lupita Nyong’o’s TIME Photo Shoot

Get an inside look at the actress' photo shoot

Actress Lupita Nyong’o dazzled everyone in her performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave — and the same was true when she stopped by TIME’s New York offices for a photo shoot.

In this week’s issue, Nyong’o was photographed by Sebastian Kim for TIME, who says she’s every bit as captivating in person. “I just wanted to capture a bare beauty shot of her,” says Kim. “It was easy, as she looked so beautiful. I really didn’t have to work hard.”

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