Oscar winner and all-around luminous being Lupita Nyong’o is the newest face of Lancôme, joining fellow beauty ambassadors Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Lily Collins, and Julia Roberts. Much like her eloquent speech at the ESSENCE luncheon, Nyong’o was equally graceful about her new appointment:
I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, 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.
While the partnership was not entirely unexpected given how she sartorially dominated awards season, it will be interesting to see how this may open up future conversations about race, beauty, and age.