Lupita Nyong’o is People’s Most Beautiful of 2014

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(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

People magazine has released their annual “50 Most Beautiful” issue and 12 Years a Slave Lupita Nyong’o has taken the top spot.

The Oscar winner takes the cover in a dazzling diamond necklace and strapless pink dress while smiling wide at the honor.

Other celebrities that have graced the cover include Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez and Julia Roberts.

“It was exciting and just a major, major compliment,” Nyong’o told People. “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen.”

The Kenyan-born singer admits she only saw what equated as beauty through television and media.  She believed growing up that “light skin and long, flowing, straight hair” symbolized beauty. “Subconsciously you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess.”  Soon, she began to believe in her own beauty.

Her favorite moments occur when she’s called beautiful makeup-less and not dressed to the nines in ball gowns.

Other women who made the top 50 most beautiful include Keri Russell, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mindy Kaling, Pink, Amber Heard, Gabrielle Union, Molly Sims, Stacy Keibler and Kerry Washington.

The full “50 Most Beautiful” issue is on news stands now.

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