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5 reasons we love Lupita Nyong’o

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet my best friend, the Academy Award winning Lupita Nyong’o, well now you’re welcome to.

Since breaking our hearts and mending them all over again with her tear-jerking performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave to ripping the red carpet runway with her winning smile and flawless dress selections, she’s pretty much stolen every heart in America.

The 31-year-old Mexican-born Kenyan beauty has been trending ever since she hit the silver screen in Steve McQueen’s historical-drama last year, and we simply cannot get enough of everybody’s new idol.

While I could write an entire book on why she is as awesome as she is, I’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 reasons why everyone loves Lupita!

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She’s a Gladiator… No really, she is!

Just like her gal pal Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita isn’t shy to say she’s a binge-watcher of good TV. So you could only imagine the excitement I felt when I realized Lupita is a fellow Gladiator, and Scandal fan.

The woman is already a star-studded queen as it is, but that selfie she snapped with Miss Olivia Pope herself made her all the more infectious. Could we be sensing a Lupita cameo to come in the future? Shonda Rhimes, please make this happen!

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She loves the skin she’s in, and encourages you to feel the same.

One of the major things I love (as with the rest of the world, I’m sure) about Lupita is that she is confident and endearing, and those are the traits that make her the beautiful woman she is.

Her confidence doesn’t necessarily radiate from her gorgeous looks but by her humble, personable nature. If you haven’t noticed this already, just listen to the painfully honest acceptance speech she gave about outer and inner beauty at the Oscars this year.

I dare you to say that it wasn’t inspiring.

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She’s always down for a good dance, even at the Oscars!

Umm… does anyone know where I can sign up for dance lessons by Lupita?

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one jealous that Pharrell got to dance with the 12 Years of Slave star during his “Happy” performance at the Oscars.

Not only does she have a beautiful spirit and envious acting skills but she’s a girl always down for a good disco. We love it!

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She’s the style-icon of the year!

Right under Oscar-winner and beloved Instagram celeb, Lupita can go ahead and check Cover Queen off her long list of achievements.

It’s clear that both Kerry Washington and Lupita had some sort of dress up, slumber party just before the Oscars because their selections were spot-on fab!

The girl certainly knows how to dress, and thanks to her wonderful stylists, we can all learn about some of the star’s beauty secrets.

If she ever decides to take a break from the silver screen (which I hope she won’t any time soon), she would totally succeed as a fashion model.

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She doesn’t forget that family always comes first.

When you’re constantly in the spotlight like she’s been, it could be difficult to hold on to the morals you once cherished before the fame.

This isn’t a problem for Lupita though, because she doesn’t mind tagging her family along for the amazing ride. Just ask her little bro, Peter Nyong’o, whom she brought as her date to the Oscars.

It’s always great to plaster your dorm walls with celebs you idolize and adore like our fashionista here, but I always find that the most important trait to any icon is their humbleness, which Lupita certainly exemplifies. The family girl is our favorite girl!

All Images: Instagram

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