Aja Naomi King And Lupita Nyong’o For ELLE
A “How To Get Away With Murder” star and an Oscar winner are two of the talents featured on the cover of ELLE magazine.
Lupita on her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television”:
“I grew up with a very limited mirror of myself. I watched a lot of TV, but the people on it were always light skinned. And now I have a platform that takes me into people’s houses and onto the pages of their magazines.”
Aja Naomi King on looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist:
“I want to write, I want to direct, I want to produce—I want to inhabit what I think it means to fully be an artist. I always wanted to do that, but I didn’t think I had the tools. Now I look at Viola [Davis] and I look at Nate [Parker] and I look at Shonda [Rhimes] and it’s like, You just do it. You just begin, you know?”
Other stars featured include Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Anna Kendrick and Helen Mirren.
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#Repost @elleusa "I want to write, I want to direct, I want to produce—I want to inhabit what I think it means to fully be an artist." —the stunning @ajanaomi_king, one of our eight ELLE Women in Hollywood, female supertalents who light up the screens and our worlds. #ELLEWIH || Click the link in our bio to see all of this year's incredible cover stars. . . Photo by @danmartensen, styled by @samiranasr. Cardigan and skirt by @prada. Top by @solidandstriped. Earrings by @tiffanyandco.
Congrats to these glowing goddesses!
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In addition to covering ELLE, Aja’s also featured in Vanity Fair where she dished on working with Shonda Rhimes.
After a string of independent films and canceled TV series, Aja struck gold as driven law student Michaela Pratt in Shonda Rhimes’s How to Get Away with Murder, opposite Viola Davis. “I love these women for creating an environment where we can all be free, engaged, and not worry about being perfect.
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Lupita was recently spotted at another premiere for her “Queen of Katwe” film.