In #Faves news: She’s beautiful, she’s black, and this January, she’s back on the cover of American Vogue!

Lupita Nyong’o is ushering us into 2018 with Little Mermaid-after-she-made-the-trade realness (The Root staff has been lobbying for her to star in a live-action remake of the animated classic, and we won’t let it go). This marks her fourth(!) Vogue cover in as many years, and is of course in anticipation of her upcoming superhero turn as the Dora Milaje warrior Nakia in Marvel Studio’s Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler and due out in February (officially making this the best Black History—and Future—Month EVER).

While we do wish that Vogue would expand its regular rotation of black beauties—and black celebs in general—we are never not thrilled to see the gorgeous Lupita shine. And shine she does.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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