Lupita Nyong'o kills it on her first Vogue cover

Lupita Nyong'o.

Lupita Nyong'o. Photo: Steve Granitz

Looking back, Lupita Nyong’o says the moments after she won her Academy Award this year were a blur and time stood still.

But she says in the July issue of Vogue there’s one thing she does remember: worrying she would trip on her way to the podium.

‘‘It’s not cute if you follow Jennifer Lawrence - it’s not cute if you’re the second one!’’ she laughed, referring to Lawrence’s famous stumble while collecting her best-actress Oscar the year before.


The 31-year-old is now celebrating her first Vogue cover, appearing on the US edition of the glossy in a purple patterned dress.


‘‘It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life,’’ she told the magazine.

‘‘People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me - before I recognised them!’’ she said, adding she knew things had escalated when she attended the SAG Awards in January.

‘‘For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at-and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.’’

Nyong’o will voice a character in Jon Favreau’s take on Disney’s The Jungle Book and landed a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Plus she’s going to co-produce and star in an adaption of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie book Americanah, saying the story blew her away.

The July issue of Vogue goes on sale Tuesday in New York and Los Angeles.