During Essence Magazine’s ‘Black Women in Hollywood’ affair, Lupita Nyong’o revealed that Alek Wek’s presence helped her embrace her own beauty during a touching speech:
“And then Alek Wek came on the international scene. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me as beautiful.”
Her quote moved many to tears and Wek, to undying appreciation, which she was able to finally tell the Oscar-winner in person. Following the release of People‘s 50 Most Beautiful List, the actress and model had an intimate pow wow on “pretty” over a cup of tea.
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