"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the Nyong'o said of her cover. "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."
claim the cover since the first issue hit shelves in 1990.While the Most Beautiful title is a major honour for any celebrity -- Nyong'o becomes only the fourth woman of colour to
The 2014 list did also include Indian actress Mindy Kaling and African American actresses Gabrielle Union and Kerry Washington, but People's annual issue does not have a particularly strong history of diversity.
The first woman of colour to appear on the cover was Halle Berry in 2003, who at the time was also the first African American actress to win a lead Oscar, which she won for "Monster's Ball." "My mom always said, 'Beauty is what you do,' " she told People at the time.
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