miu miu, lupita nyong'o

In 12 Years a Slave, her character Patsey is sadly left behind when Solomon Northup is freed from enslavement and returned to his family, but actress Lupita Nyong’o is far from forgotten – evidenced by more than 30 acting awards and 39 more nominations for an absolutely devastating performance. But after laying herself bare physically and emotionally in Steve McQueen’s incredible film, which won the Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, Jan. 12, Nyong’o’s next gig offers her a different, and decidedly more glamorous kind of visibility: she was chosen as one of the faces of Miu Miu’s Spring 2014 campaign.

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Joining Elle Fanning (Somewhere), Elizabeth Olsen (Oldboy) and Bella Heatcote (Dark Shadows) for the campaign, Nyong’o models the design house’s spring line in new images released last week, which were taken by photography duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Nyong’o’s participation in the campaign serves as an encouraging sign that designers are taking more of a multicultural approach to promoting their lines, not to mention that they’re offering a broader variety of beauty ideals for women.

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Blogs like Madame Noire noted that the campaign follows on the heels of Givenchy hiring singer/ actress Erykah Badu as the face of its Spring 2014 collection. Meanwhile, retailers like Gap are not only using models from different backgrounds, as the company did in December when it launched ads featuring Sikh model and actor Waris Ahluwalia, but protecting and defending their commitment to diversity: after Ahluwaria’s ads were defaced with racist graffiti at the end of last year, the company sprang into action, not only replacing the ads quickly but posting them as wallpaper on its Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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