Actress Lupita Nyongo has always seen Sudan’s supermodel Alek Wek as person who has helped her see her own beauty. She revealed this at Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.
After naming her 2014’s Most Beautiful Person, People magazine made Lupita’s dream of meeting Alek come true. The two beauties met and hugged .
“Much congratulations and all the beautiful words you said at Essence … you didn’t have to but it was really, really beautiful,” said Wek. “It meant a lot because starting modeling in the ’90s it was quite so surreal. They were like, ‘Oh you’re so different, so weird, so bizarre!’ I’m like, ‘I’m so normal, what are you talking about?’ I just love the genuineness that you bring toward to your craft and just you as a young lady. That totally shows through.”
Nyong’o then reminisced about seeing the Sudanese beauty on the cover of publications.
“I just remember seeing you on the cover of a magazine, and I don’t even know what magazine it was, but there was no apology in you,” said Nyong’o. “You were just who you were and I had never seen that before. How is this working? … I’ve never seen anyone like me on the cover.”