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Lupita makes history with Lancôme

New York - The fashion and beauty industry's love affair with Lupita Nyong'o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancôme.

The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for the brand, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong'o said she was proud to represent Lancôme, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.”

Actress Lupita Nyong'o, of the film "12 Years A Slave," arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Picture: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni. Credit: REUTERS

It's the first major endorsement deal for the 31-year-old, who won the best-supporting Oscar for her role in ‘12 Years a Slave’. Her striking beauty and fashion sense made her the It Girl for the Hollywood awards season.

Lancôme ads featuring Nyong'o will start appearing this summer. - Sapa-AP

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