Lupita Nyong’o is PEOPLE’s Most Beautiful in 2014!

And, it continues to be a stellar year for Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong’o. Fresh off her new contract as one of the new faces of LANCOME Paris, Lupita’s star continues to rise.

Just today, PEOPLE released its annual list of Most Beautiful Women (read: Celebrities), and Lupita is at the top of the list – making her this year’s cover with a full spread in the magazine.

Though I certainly have more than a few issues with these annual “most beautiful” lists, I definitely feel that having Lupita top the list this year is extra validation for all those stunning girls, who look just like Lupita, but who never heard anyone call them “beautiful”. Of course, with or without being named to this list, Lupita Nyong’o is a real beauty – and so are you. :)

Lupita Nyong'o Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful

From PEOPLE:


“She may have won an Oscar for her role as the slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and recently landed a contract with Lancome Paris, but Lupita Nyong’o “never dreamed” she would be touted as “Most Beautiful” for all the world to see. 

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” the 31-year-old says of gracing this year’s cover. And especially, “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen.” 

Born in Mexico and raised in Kenya, Nyong’o first equated beauty with what she saw on television: “Light skin and long, flowing, straight hair,” she says. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.” Her mother, Dorothy, who is the managing director and head of PR for the Africa Cancer Foundation, “always said I was beautiful,” Nyong’o adds. “And I finally believed her at some point.” 


As a teen, Nyong’o dyed her hair every color – except blonde – and even went as far as shaving her head bald. “It was very strange and very cold!” she says, laughing. “It was scary but I like to dare myself.” 

Now she says the best compliments are “when I have been called beautiful with not one drop of makeup on,” she adds. “And also before I comb my hair or put on a pretty dress. Happiness is the most important thing.””

 

The issue will be available on newsstands on Friday.

52 Weeks of Romance Challenge: Week 15 – A Heartfelt Introduction

The 52 Weeks of Romance Challenge by Love. ‘n Words is a weekly Wednesday inspiration series that shares tips on how you can spice up your marriage with more love and romance. Designed exclusively for you, the goal is to make your marriage much more exciting, fun, and passionate. Let’s prove that injecting romance doesn’t have to be impractical or expensive. Join in here and on Twitter (@lovenwords) every Wednesday at 12 noon for a new challenge for the week. Use hashtag – #52WeeksofRomance.

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 This week, introduce your spouse to someone new as “the love of your life”.  

#52WeeksofRomance

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4 Fun & Romantic Date Ideas to Try Without Leaving Home :)

Having regular date nights (or days) is one way to keep the romance and fun alive in every marriage. Spending that special time together allows you to fall in love with your spouse all over again – away from the stresses and routines of your everyday lives.

Sometimes, the pressure to plan a date night can be high. Maybe you’d rather not spend a ton of money right now. Maybe you just don’t really feel like going out today. Maybe you’d just like to try something different in the comfort of your own home.

Have no fear, LOVE. ‘n words is here. Here are a few fun and romantic date ideas to try right in your home.

 

COOK TOGETHER. Food is absolutely an aphrodisiac. Get in the kitchen with your spouse. As you experience the different flavors, textures, aromas, and colors of food, you’ll be drawn together like … well, like a fly to honey. Knead together. Make a mess together. You’ll fall in love together. :) Of course, when you’re done, sit down and have a long, relaxing conversation over the masterpiece you just made – together!


TRAVEL AT HOME. Who says you have to travel without leaving home? Okay … maybe, you do. However, when you can’t, having travel inspiration is the next best thing. Pick a country you’d both like to explore, and try to recreate it at home the best way you can. Invite the haunting sounds of Middle Eastern music in, or energize your space with Nigerian Afropop. Order a meal from a faraway land, or create something rich and amazing together from an international recipe book. Scour the pages of a travel magazine, or check out travel websites together. Imagine you’re in a hotel somewhere together, and just dream.


WATCH YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS OR A GREAT MOVIE. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “Ummm … I do this with my spouse all the time already.” I know, but hear me out! What I’m talking about is actually making an event of this. Instead of just plopping down on the couch, and yelling for your spouse, get prepared. Together, decide what time your television watching will begin. Then, prepare a great meal, a glass of wine, or a fresh smoothie to go along with it. Turn the lights off, sit as close to each other as possible, and make your night a date.

DANCE. If you both don’t do this often, this can be awkward – but if you commit, it can really really be fun. What better way is there to sidle up to your spouse, and wrap your arms around each other. Plus, this is sure to elicit some laughter and give you an amazing workout.

The Journey to Beautiful Series: Moiyattu Banya

The Journey to Beautiful Interview Series is a celebration of influential and inspiring African women across the globe. Its aim is to teach every woman to define beauty on her own terms, to live purposefully, to accept what makes her truly unique, and to fall in love with all of who she is.


 

NAME: Moiyattu Banya
AGE: 29

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/HERITAGE: Sierra Leone
LOCATION: East Coast, USA
WHY YOU HAVE TO KNOW HER: Everybody talks about doing something to change the world. Then, they talk – and talk some more. All that talk leads to … well, nothing, because the world can only be changed by action. Enter Moiyattu! See, she’s a talk-about-changing-the-world, then, actually doing it kind of woman. Women like Moiyattu are one of a kind. Deeply passionate about empowering African women and girls, and determined to be a catalyst for change, she took a leap of faith and moved to Ghana for 2 years (a country she had never ever lived in) from her home in New York to effect change, in women’s and gender issues, as well as peace and security. Her work has also taken her to Liberia, Senegal, and her home country, Sierra Leone. Moiyattu also co-founded a nonprofit organization, Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL). She also owns a media consulting and women’s lifestyle branding company called Women|Change|Africa. Her company’s mission is to “celebrate, cultivate, and connect young African women social entrepreneurs” in order to create lasting change in African communities. Moiyattu Banya is an absolute powerhouse and a go-getter. Her inner beauty and giving spirit combine with her external beauty to make her an absolute stunner. She is inspiration personified!


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WHO DO YOU SAY YOU ARE?

I am Moiyattu, a woman of God and a servant to his kingdom. I have been blessed with God-given talents of insight, authenticity, fearlessness, creativity and leadership; so, I am blessed. I am a changer, shaper, and creator of projects to enhance the lives of young women and girls on the African continent and Diaspora.  

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURES?

I like the simplicity yet beauty of my skin, and my gap in my teeth and how it lights up my personality.

WHAT NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS DO YOU MOST LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I love my presence and confidence in what I know, and my ability to be creative and come up with crazy, fun ideas to change the world. I love my “voice” and what I stand for. 

WHAT PHYSICAL AND NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS HAVE YOU MOST STRUGGLED TO ACCEPT? HAVE YOU OVERCOME THAT STRUGGLE?   HOW?

I used to have a love-hate relationship with my cheeks. I love them because they remind me that I am truly my mother’s child; but, for a while, I didn’t like them because I felt that they made my face look fat. People would always pinch them in (what I am sure) was an endearing manner, but I hated it! LolAs a teenager and even up until my early twenties, I really didn’t like them to the point where I wouldn’t smile when taking photos.  As I became more into my womanhood,  I always received compliments on my smile and I realize the cheeks were a main contributor to why I smiled. They were a special physical gift from God to make others smile as well!  One day, I woke up and it didn’t matter anymore what my cheeks were doing. I was just thankful I had them and I smiled. I smile in every picture and love them now so much. I still don’t like them being touched. Haha! It annoys the crap out of me! Only one family member is allowed to, because we both have similar-shaped cheeks. But now, my cheeks and gap are such a huge part of my face. I love them.    

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HOW HAS YOUR FATHER INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF?

My father was in love with me from the time I was a child. He was an amazing dad. He made ice cream on Sundays - from scratch, yes! He would tuck me into bed when I fell asleep in the living room watching cartoons. He always showed love to me. My father was also really good at setting boundaries with us: I remember how, on weekends, he would have my brothers and I doing homework and reading;  but I also remember Christmas getting everything I wanted and asked “Santa” for. Yep, my parents even all the way in Sierra Leone, believed in Santa. So, growing up I never ever questioned whether I was enough. I always knew there was something really special about me; I learnt this through my interaction with him, and how his eyes would light up when I excelled in school, and how I made him smile.    

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST FEARS?

Not being able to accomplish all the dreams in my spirit that God has set in my heart by the time I pass on to the next stage of life. There is so much I want to give back to the world; so, my prayer is being able to do that!  I also have these fears that have never occurred, like the fear of African love stories no longer being created is a legitimate fear of mine.  am a junkie for African literature, especially African love literature, written by African women writers. I really love to read and I love reading African love stories. I fear that, if we don’t write them enough, one day I will wake up and not have anything to read!  

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST JOYS?

I love spending time with my family, that is probably my greatest joy. We take God very seriously in my family. We love getting together, and we laugh a lot in my family; we are jokesters and, when we get together, it’s always a good time.  My nieces and nephews in my family bring me so much joy, because they just say and do the cutest things.   

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

My greatest accomplishment, thus far, was definitely facing my fear and moving to a totally different country in West Africa for two years: the country of Ghana.  

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WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?

I feel the most beautiful when I am in my element of working with young African women and girls, and seeing my inner beauty shine through my gifts and talents I serve them with and how they respond to it. I feel beautiful when it’s Spring and the flowers are out, the sun is setting on my face and my afro is out just breathing. My spirit glows through my skin and face and, at that moment, everything makes sense and is perfect; my heart is happy.   

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR OWN VERSION OF “BEAUTIFUL”?

Beautiful is being happy and at peace with who you are. It is the moment of one tapping into that special gift God has given each and every single one of us and using it for the greater good. Once you know that gift, your blessings just flow and beauty illuminates in my spirit and shows on me physically because I am happy. 

WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY BEAUTIFUL, AS YOU’VE DEFINED IT?

To stay beautiful, I pray a lot and continue to seek God for his direction.  I smile a lot. I exercise. I do a lot of “little” do-good projects for people, because I get the most compliments on the exterior stuff when I feel good inside. 

WHICH “BEAUTIFUL” WOMEN INSPIRE YOU MOST?

My Mother, my aunty, my cousins.  Every woman in my family has a special gift. It’s so beautiful when we are all together, and you see how beautiful we are inside and also just how amazing our physical features are.  


 

Stay updated with everything Moiyattu! Follow her here:

 

Facebook: Facebook.com/WomenChangeAfricaFacebook.com/GESSierraLeone 

Twitter: @wcaworld; @GeSSierraLeone  

Website: www.womenchangeafrica.com; www.girlsempowermentsummitsl.org

Instagram:  @msboss_chique; @gessierraleone

 

Romantic Getaway: Zannos Melathron, Greece

It’s officially spring, and summer isn’t too far behind. Let the travels begin.

Okay, maybe that’s not totally relevant, because my plan is to showcase these romantic getaways all year. So, for all you globetrotters, I’ll be sharing some places you might want to check out. If you’re not able to travel at the moment, think of it as travel inspiration. :)

Today’s feature is the Zannos Melathron, in Santorini, Greece.

The Scoop: Built in the 18th Century. Looks like a castle. Boasts of breathtaking views with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Hotel grounds are totally inaccessible by vehicle – so, you and your love can really lose yourselves in each other. If you’d rather not walk up, donkeys await. :) If your couple profile reads sunset romances, labyrinths, unforgettable views, and rocky (literally) structures, this is the place for you.

 

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Visit the Zannos Melathron website for more information.

All images via Relais Chateux.

Young African Couple You Should Know #2: Achankeng Leke + Swaady Martin-Leke

When both you and your spouse are profiled by Forbes, as well as invited members of some of the biggest global organizations in the world, you’re officially a force to be reckoned with.

Meet Achakeng “Acha” Leke and Swaady Martin-Leke - a power couple, in every single sense of the word.

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As a former Director for Sub-Saharan Africa for global energy GIANT, General Electric (GE), as well as a co-acting CEO for one of GE’s South African subsidiaries, Swaady Martin-Leke is what you’d call a true corporate success and winner. However, not satisfied with her accomplishments in the corporate world, the Ivorian brilliant beauty decided to follow her passion and launched the first-of-its-kind luxury African brand, YSWARA, in 2011. Named by combining her name with a mythical creature from her grandmother’s village in Ivory Coast, YSWARA “creates beautiful contemporary lifestyle objects and accessories based on century-old African craftsmanship.” Unashamedly passionately Africa, Swaady’s mission with YSWARA is to “ preserve, safeguard, enhance and promote the extremely diverse and rich African craftsmanship, culture and history.” With products ranging from delicious teas, fragrant candles, stunning jewelry, and other offerings [all are handcrafted with African resources - by Africans from Africa], YSWARA is teaching the world that Africa is the QUEEN of luxury. [You have to check out YSWARA. Talk about African luxury. You'll fall in love. :) :)]

In 2012, Swaady was named one of the “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa” by Forbes, and was selected by the Africa Leadership Institute as an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow.

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As one of the most sought-after business consultants from Africa, Acha Leke is a partner at McKinsey & Company – one of the world’s largest management consulting firms. In less than 2 decades at the global conglomerate, Acha has made his presence felt. No stranger to setting trends, Acha was the first ever black valedictorian at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received his undergraduate education. He is currently a director, leading McKinsey’s Lagos office – a location he helped establish. Not satisfied with his corporate success, the Cameroonian Acha decided to turn his deep passion for Africa and its future into action. Partnering with Ghanaian entrepreneur and educator, Fred Swaniker, Leke co-founded the African Leadership Academy in 2004. The co-ed Academy was created to “transform Africa by developing and supporting future  generations of African leaders.” ALA opened its doors in 2008. In addition, Leke co-founded the African Leadership Network (ALN) in 2010 – “the premier, elite and invitation-only community of young and dynamic new-generation leaders in Africa”. It currently has 1200 members from over 45 African countries.

In 2009, he was selected as a Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, he was named one of the “10 Youngest Power Men in Africa” by Forbes. He also currently sits on the Africa Policy Advisory Board of Bono’s ONE organization.

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For some extra icing on the cake, both Acha and Swaady were featured in March’s Forbes Africa‘s list of top 20 Africans from Francophone (French-speaking) countries making a difference in Africa. Yeah, both were featured in the same issue on the same list. How cool is that?!

Every year, Acha and Swaady travel to a new African city, in order to discover new cultures, histories, and traditions.

Talk about two-of-a-kind. If you’re not inspired by this couple, I have absolutely no idea what’s wrong with you. For their commitment to excellence, drive, and willingness to do something about the Africa they love (instead of just talking), the Lekes are a young African couple you have to know.

Just because this is stunning, here are Acha and Swaady at their December 2009 wedding in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they live. Photos by and from Jules Morgan

Swaady and Acha - Club Swaacha, Joburg

Swaady and Acha - Club Swaacha, Joburg

{Images: Swaady’s Facebook; Google; McKinsey & Company}

Because what’s LOVE. ‘n words without romance, here’s a quote from Swaady on the most treasured item she possesses.

I’m not attached to objects, except for my wedding ring, which speaks to my heart.”

- Swaady Martin-Leke

in South Africa’s Destiny magazine

*Editor’s Note: This article originally stated that Swaady was a child refugee. However, Swaady has let me know that this information is erroneous, but has been put out by some media organizations. Please note that she was never a child refugee.


 

Young African Couples You Should Know is an exclusive LOVE. ‘n words feature. It aims to showcase young, happily married African couples, mostly between (and including) the ages of 18 and 40. This feature is passionately curated to showcase the successful and joyful stories of young African couples across the globe to remind the world that real-life African love stories exist everyday. Featured couples are typically setting trends, impacting communities, showcasing excellence, and changing the world, either as a unit or respectively.

To suggest a Young African Couple for a feature, please email me at chioma dot onyewuchi at hotmail dot com with subject “Young African Couple You Should Know”.

52 Weeks of Romance Challenge: Week 14 – A Note for You

The 52 Weeks of Romance Challenge by Love. ‘n Words is a weekly Wednesday inspiration series that shares tips on how you can spice up your marriage with more love and romance. Designed exclusively for you, the goal is to make your marriage much more exciting, fun, and passionate. Let’s prove that injecting romance doesn’t have to be impractical or expensive. Join in here and on Twitter (@lovenwords) every Wednesday at 12 noon for a new challenge for the week. Use hashtag – #52WeeksofRomance.

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 Surprise your spouse with a love note. Place one in the car, or write one on a steamy bathroom mirror.  

#52WeeksofRomance

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The Journey to Beautiful Series: Fatia Kasumu

The Journey to Beautiful Interview Series is a celebration of influential and inspiring African women across the globe. Its aim is to teach every woman to define beauty on her own terms, to live purposefully, to accept what makes her truly unique, and to fall in love with all of who she is.


 

NAME: Fatia Kasumu
AGE: 21

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/HERITAGE: Nigeria
LOCATION: Pennsylvania, USA
WHY YOU HAVE TO KNOW HER: How self-assured were you at 21? If you’re like most people, you were still a little wet behind the ears, and not quite sure where you wanted to be. Not so for Fatia! This 21 year old is a truly gifted writer and multimedia journalist with a penchant for capturing audiovisual stories that stick. As the founder of FatiK Media, a boutique company that specializes in writing, editing, photography, and videography, Fatia is a budding media powerhouse. Currently working with Pennsylvania’s only African-American owned and operated radio station, 900 am WURD, she tells stories about people of the African Diaspora. Did I also mention that she has a killer radio voice? I mean, killer. From her smile to her work ethic, this beauty is a breath of fresh air.


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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURES?

My arms and my dimples! I love my broad shoulders ;) 

WHAT NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS DO YOU MOST LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am a very detail-oriented person. I love to dot “I’s” and cross “t’s” whenever I can. I love that I am an honest individual in every aspect of my life.

WHAT PHYSICAL AND NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS HAVE YOU MOST STRUGGLED TO ACCEPT? HAVE YOU OVERCOME THAT STRUGGLE?   HOW?

It’s funny because the non-physical traits I love the most are the ones I struggle with. Lol! Sometimes, being detail-oriented makes me forget about the “big picture” of things. I am a work in progress, and I always remember, at the end of the day ,no one is perfect. So, I tell myself to R-E-L-A-X at least twice a day.   

HOW HAS YOUR FATHER INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF?

My father has been such a positive influence in my life. We are both similar in many ways. We are both perfectionists and, sometimes, stubborn. My father has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams and good is never good enough. This encouraged me as a child to think outside the box and be my biggest fan. I’d like to say the reason why I never succumbed to peer pressure during my college years is because my father instilled in me great self-confidence!  

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST FEARS?

My greatest fear is living with regrets. No bueno.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST JOYS?

My greatest joys are the joys of my parents praying for me and reaping the fruits of whatever I do to succeed and provide for them one day. I also love my relationship with God. He’s the bomb.com/merciful.html   

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

My greatest accomplishments are graduating from college, starting my own business and my faith journey.

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WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?

I feel most beautiful when I exercise. As a former track sprinter, I love the freeing feeling exercise gives me.  

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR OWN VERSION OF “BEAUTIFUL”?

Beautiful” encompasses inner and outer beauty. Beauty is measured by what is in your soul and mind that also radiates to your outer beauty.  

WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY BEAUTIFUL, AS YOU’VE DEFINED IT?

As a Muslim woman I pray … A LOT!

WHICH “BEAUTIFUL” WOMEN INSPIRE YOU MOST?

My mother, my mentors,  Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, June Ambrose  


 

Stay updated with everything Fatia! Follow her here:

 

Twitter: @fatikmedia  

Website: www.fatikmedia.com 

 

 

The Journey to Beautiful Series: Afua Rida

The Journey to Beautiful Interview Series is a celebration of influential and inspiring African women across the globe. Its aim is to teach every woman to define beauty on her own terms, to live purposefully, to accept what makes her truly unique, and to fall in love with all of who she is.


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NAME: Afua Anyamesem Rida
AGE: 26

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN/HERITAGE: Ghana/Lebanon
LOCATION: Accra, Ghana
WHY YOU HAVE TO KNOW HER: Afua Rida is taking the fashion styling world by storm – you just watch! A few years ago, this gorgeous talent and sweet spirit took a giant leap of faith when she decided to move back home to Ghana, after several years living and studying in Canada, to set up a world-class fashion styling company with her close friend, Supriya Wassiamal. With only a dream and a ridiculous amount of talent, determination, and hard work, House of Cramer was born. House of Cramer has become the go-to for fashion styling in Ghana. Afua (and co-founder, Supriya) are stylists for major Ghanaian celebrities like Becca and Efya; have worked with huge luxury fashion brands like Minna Evans and Christie Brown. [The latter just had the amazing honor of creating stage costumes for Beyonce & her dancers for the just concluded "Mrs. Carter" show.] In addition, the stylists have ongoing work with major Ghanaian television show, The Be Bold Show, creating distinct, exquisite looks for its hosts. With Afua’s stunning eye for detail and fashion acumen, it’s safe to say that the world is her oyster. In spite of the fact that she’s a total knockout beauty, in addition to all her business success, she is the sweetest, most humble person you’d ever meet. Now, that’s real beauty!


 

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WHO DO YOU SAY YOU ARE? 

I am a child of God who loves her family and friends dearly; loves her country Ghana; and loves everything fashion.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PHYSICAL FEATURES?

I love my legs and my lips and my very big heart!! Hehehe

WHAT NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS DO YOU MOST LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?

My heart and my attention to people’s feelings.

WHAT PHYSICAL AND NON-PHYSICAL TRAITS HAVE YOU MOST STRUGGLED TO ACCEPT? HAVE YOU OVERCOME THAT STRUGGLE?   HOW?

In my young years, it took me a while to accept my height. I was very timid, and it didn’t help that it attracted a lot of attention. Eventually as I grew older, up around when I graduated from undergrad, I began to see the beauty in being tall and in other traits that I had. Around that time, I began to gain confidence and intense love for myself. All this by the amazing grace of God, whose love is beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

HOW HAS YOUR FATHER INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU SEE YOURSELF?

I didn’t get to see my father a lot while growing up but, when I did, he made sure it was a fun time for my sister and I. He paid attention to the little things we loved, and always made sure that there was an abundant supply of it around. The most memorable moments were how he never failed to let us know how much he and God loved us.

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WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST FEARS?

My greatest fear is, at any point in time, failing to keep in mind that I can do anything with Christ by my side. Failing to be myself. Failing to push myself to my greatest potential. Giving others the wrong impression about myself. Yes, it is something I cannot control as people will always think as they please, but it is at the back of my mind.

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST JOYS?

My greatest joys are when I see people happy around me, especially my mum. Laughter out of her gives me an amazing feeling. Also, young children have a way of making everything just beautiful!

WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS?

I find great accomplishments in the smallest things I do: there are too many to list, but something as tiny as making someone smile. Looking at the bigger picture, moving back home to Ghana and setting up a fashion styling company I think will suit this question.

 

WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST BEAUTIFUL?

I feel most beautiful in the morning when I wake up. There seems to be a sense of peace within me. I am usually stripped down to the bare minimal; so, I get to really see me. No lipstick, no trendy clothes, no accessories, just me.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR OWN VERSION OF “BEAUTIFUL”?

Beautiful, to me, is when one is utterly at peace with herself and her environment. It is loving your body just as it was given to you.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO STAY BEAUTIFUL, AS YOU’VE DEFINED IT?

Having my quiet time with God everyday. Making sure I am surrounded by the right kind of people, who bring positivity and love into my life. Choosing the right friends to spend my leisure time with is a big thing for me as you can easily be influenced. I try to put the right kinds of food into my body, as a way of saying, “Thank you,” and “I love you!”

WHICH “BEAUTIFUL” WOMEN INSPIRE YOU MOST?

I have some awesome women in my family, like my older sister and my mom; but my younger sister, Hayet, just always continues to amaze me. She is fearless and brave and strong. She is confident and spreads her love wherever she goes. Liya Kebede is another symbol of strength and compassion. I admire her work as a model and everything she does for maternal health in her home country and beyond. Michelle Obama, Oprah, June Ambrose.


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Stay updated with everything Afua & House of Cramer! Follow her here:

 

Facebook: House of Cramer

Instagram: @houseofcramer

Website: www.houseofcramer.com

 

“Sophisticated Talent”,”One-of-a-Kind Beauty” Lupita Nyong’o is Luxury Brand, LANCOME’s, 1st Black Beauty Ambassador

We’ve all called Lupita Nyong’o a stunning, sensational star. Representing countless young, black, and African women all over the globe, and reminding the world that dark skin is really exquisite, Lupita gracefully waltzed into all our hearts. We’ve fallen in love with her amazing acting abilities, but more than that, we’ve fallen in love with her because she’s relatable – because she believes that every little girl’s dreams are valid, and because she’s been on a wonderful “Journey to Beautiful”, learning to love and accept her skin and all the beauty it holds.

Today, luxury beauty brand, Lancome Paris, named Lupita Nyong’o their new beauty ambassador (or as they call it, ambassadress). In a move that makes her Lancome’s FIRST Black beauty ambassador in its over 75 years of existence (sad, right?), Lupita has just made brand history! Expect to see her in the luxury brand’s campaigns starting this summer.

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Here’s what Lancome has to say about selecting Lupita, culled from PRNewsWire.

Maison Lancome is delighted to announce Academy Award® winning actress Lupita Nyong‘o as its new brand ambassadress.
With her instinctive and sophisticated talent and one of a kind beauty, both delicate and exuding strength, 31-year-old Lupita Nyong‘o has taken the world by storm. She received an Academy Award® in the category of “Best Supporting Actress” for her moving portrayal of Patsey in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave–making her the fourth Academy Award® winning Lancome ambassadress. Her performance also won her many other prestigious awards worldwide, including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Award, as well as the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards’ “New Hollywood Award.”
Lupita Nyong‘o, a recent graduate from the Yale School of Drama, has an eclectic artistic repertoire, having performed on stage as well as having directed the award-winning feature-length documentary, In My Genes, about the reality of living with albinism in Kenya. She was recently seen in the action thriller Non-Stop, opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore. The Mexican-born, Kenyan actress is an outstanding example of a natural beauty. Confident and simply true to herself, she embraces life with freshness, citing happiness as the most attractive form of radiance.
“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancome, 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,” confided Lupita Nyong‘o. Joining Julia RobertsKate WinsletPenelope Cruz, and the recently appointed young actress Lily CollinsLupita Nyong‘o will be seen this summer in campaigns shot by star photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
“Both talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices, Lupita is by essence the Lancome woman,” stated Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancome International.“A strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman, serenely but strongly living her life her own way, Lupita has this special kind of aura both enlightening and deep.”
Xavier Vey, President of Lancome USA added, “Lupita’s authentic inner and outer beauty, her exquisite grace, and true confidence represent today’s modern woman.  Having Lupita as a Lancome ambassadress will help support our mission in the U.S. market which is to speak to all women.  Her rising star status is like a blooming rose; she is elegant and has an undeniable brilliance.”

 

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