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.
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.”