The Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave star succeeds the Iron Man 3 actress for this year's title, marking her first appearance on the magazine's cover. The news was revealed on NBC's Today Wednesday.
Nyong'o never dreamed she would be the person selected for the publication's 25th anniversary issue. "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old Non-Stop star humbly admits. "And especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."