EntertainmentCelebrities Lupita Nyong'o named People's Most Beautiful Lupita Nyong'o covers People magazine's Most Beautiful issue. Photo Credit: People By JULIE GORDON email@example.com @jbgordon Updated April 23, 2014 2:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Lupita Nyong'o, America's "It Girl" of 2014, is now People's Most Beautiful. The 31-year-old Brooklyn resident nabbed the magazine's honor after a whirlwind year, in which she acted in her first film ever -- "12 Years a Slave" -- and then won an Oscar for her powerful performance. The actress, who grew up in Kenya, told the magazine that her idea of beauty has evolved over the years. When she was younger, she thought it was defined by what she saw on TV: "light skin and long flowing straight hair." "Subconsciously, you start to appreciate those things more than what you possess," she said. But with her mother telling her that she, too, was beautiful, Nyong'o said she "finally started to believe her at some point." The magazine includes a number of other gorgeous stars in its Most Beautiful issue, out on Friday, among them Kate Hudson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Kerry Washington, Keri Russell and Mindy Kaling. By JULIE GORDON firstname.lastname@example.org @jbgordon Julie Gordon is the entertainment and style editor at amNewYork, specializing in all things pop culture, celebrity news and fashion. Her work has also appeared in publications including BusinessWeek, Newsday and USA Today. She is a proud alum of The George Washington University. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.