Lupita Nyong’o & Aja Naomi King Featured On ELLE’s 2016 Women In Hollywood Covers

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In ELLE’s 23rd annual celebration of women who light up the screen, Lupita Nyong’o and Aja Naomi King are among the eight supertalents that grace their own covers.

Lupita dazzles in a black, jeweled jumpsuit by Dolce & Gabbana and opens up about her success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television” – while Naomi glows in a silver and white polka dot Calvin Klein dress as she talks looking to the inspiring people she works with to get started on her future as an artist.

Get a closer look at both beautiful ladies’ stunning covers below, along with an excerpt from their interview.

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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.

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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?

Head to ELLE for the full list, which also includes Kristen Stewart, Helen Mirren and more.

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