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Lupita Nyong'o designed her own prom dress
By Tinashe Venge on 23 June 2014 at 08:25 · Comments
Lupita Nyong'o designed her own prom dress when she was growing up in Kenya.

Lupita Nyong'o designed her own prom dress when she was growing up in Kenya.

The '12 Years A Slave' actress, who has landed her first US VOGUE cover, has always had a love of fashion and even created her own clothes when she was growing up in Kenya, including an outfit for her school leaver's night. 

She said: "It was a velvet miniskirt with a matching little top and an iridescent silver translucent fabric that flowed to the ground," adding, "It was kind of ridiculous, but it was fabulous at the time."

The 31-year-old star has topped best dressed lists around the world after stepping onto the red carpet wearing a red caped dress worth about $7,000 at the Golden Globes earlier this year.

Her stylist Micaela Erlanger revealed she was stunned when Lupita first tried it on.

She told VOGUE: "We got goose bumps. I told her, 'This is going to be a game-changer.' And it was." 

The stylist also revealed Lupita presented her with a Pinterest board of looks she loved and wanted to experiment with they first time they met.

Micaela said: "Bold color, interesting print, interesting silhouette - simple but architectural and feminine. Elegance, but with a sense of humor."

Lupita chipped in: "We'd just try, try, try, try, try, try, try. At first it was very daunting, but I ended up really having fun with it. It's quite scary when you fall in love with a dress, because it's nothing to do with your brain. It's like a gut reaction."

Meanwhile, the actress, who has been cast in the new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' movie, stars in Miu Miu's new ad campaign and landed her first major beauty ambassador role for Lancôme earlier this year.

She explained: "It's not about conforming to an already established idea of what is beautiful, and I like that."

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