Anna Wintour’s trying to make it up to you after the Kanye West + fiancée-now-wife cover. Lupita Nyong’o covers the July 2014 issue of VOGUE, the undisputed star of award season, the darling of the fashion world, our beloved.

You know what I’m into about this, besides the obvious? She looks like herself. She looks recognisable. This is how we know her. Too often they put people on the cover and either manipulate the images so that you can hardly remember the person’s features or jam them into settings that make no sense. Here Lupita is regal, playful, creative, stylish, irresistible.

The article reveals more about Lupita’s background – the family details are fascinating, why she was born in Mexico even though Kenya is home, the origin of her name, her time at Yale. Here’s someone who has a life to drawn on, from, where she can find balance and perspective. 

As you know, VOGUE doesn’t put black women on the cover very often. And when they do, it’s Oprah, Michelle Obama, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Rihanna…

Now Lupita who just won an Oscar.

All accomplished women, yes. That’s the point. They’re HEAVILY accomplished. They HAVE to be.

You know who doesn’t have to be?

Blake Lively.

Jessica Biel.

Sienna Miller.

Click here to see more photos of Lupita in VOGUE and to read the piece.