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Lupita Nyong’o Treats Headrwraps As Crowns

Y’all already know we love us some Lupita round here so we were happy to see she was featured in People Magazine speaking at length about her current obsession with rocking head wraps for her current press tour.

“Going with the theme of the movie, they are my crowns,” says the star, who also appears in Tiffany & Co.’s Legendary Style campaign this season (seen below). The Disney drama tells the inspiring true story of a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion. Nyong’o plays her mother, Nakku Harriet.

“It’s the quintessential African accessory,” she says of the look, noting that she loves to research different styles on Pinterest.

She works with her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, and her hairstylist, Vernon François, to customize each of the pieces. “It’s definitely teamwork to make the head wraps,” she says. “Micaela and I like to be inspired by the thing we’re promoting. So we find our own little secrets and sources of inspiration. So, for this film we’re inspired by the character I play.”

They source the fabrics themselves, too. “We use the fabric either from the designer that I am wearing or African fabrics that we sourced in east Africa and in the African fabric stores here in New York,” notes Nyong’o. “And it’s been lots of fun to work to create these crowns for my head and celebrate the release of this film.”

Has Lupita inspired you to wear more head wraps as well? Hit the flip to see some of our favorites on her!


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