Lupita Nyong’o is People’s “Most Beautiful person for 2014”, the magazine revealed Wednesday morning on TODAY. The Oscar winner with the perfect smile and the style to match beams from a cover that promises “her inspiring story.”

It’s been quite a ride for the Oscar winner. When Nyong’o was honored in February at the Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, a speech she gave on beauty and “dark beauty” in particular touched a viral nerve. She said she remembered a time when she felt “unbeautiful,” when she was teased and taunted for her “night-shaded skin” and how her complexion “had always been an obstacle to overcome.”

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