In their 23rd annual celebration of women who light up the screen, Elle USA honors eight female supertalents: the magnetic Kristen Stewart; the dazzling Lupita Nyong’o; the radiant Amy Adams; the electric Anna Kendrick; the stunning Aja Naomi King; the fierce Felicity Jones; the incomparable Kathy Bates; and the Queen herself, Helen Mirren.
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In the magazine, Lupita Nyong’o opens up on achieving success, despite an agent telling her that her skin was “too dark for African television”. She say, “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.”