We didn't think it was possible, but Lupita Nyong'o has outdone herself.
The Oscar winner covered the October issue of Vogue Magazine with a photo fit for display in the Louvre. The covergirl renders readers breathless in a gold dress, adorned with geometric cutouts and a crimson underlay with lips to match. Deemed "La Femme" by Vogue, the 12 Years a Slave star trades in her signature effervescence for a look that is far more mysterious—dare we say sexy?
This new issue marks the second time Nyong'o has appeared on the cover of the signature fashion magazine. She was last photographed for the July 2014 cover. A year ago, the magazine had opted for a look that was far more girl next door, picturing the actress with her signature grin, but this time, the heat has been turned up six notches.