Lupita Nyong'o chosen People's Most Beautiful.

Lupita Nyong’o chosen People’s Most Beautiful.

“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.” [People]

IT IS a great way to market a magazine, establish The Most Beautiful Person award. The choice of Lupita Nyong’o means a lot more than the usual beauty this year, because it’s, unfortunately, such a rare instant where a person of color is chosen.

“I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful,” she said. “I put on the TV and only saw pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin.” [CNN]

Just take a look at the other beauties on the cover.

As anyone knows who’s had her turn on the beauty train, you better be about more than your looks.

Lupita Nyong’o’s early years already taught her this.