Just when it seemed Lupita Nyong’o had reached peak possible coolness, she just had to go and one-up herself once again. Honestly, though: is an Oscar, a Miu Miu campaign, a role in Star Wars, a proven fluency in Spanish and a big-league beauty contract not enough for you, girlfriend? We’re kidding, of course: we (and the rest of the world) can’t get enough of the 31-year-old actress.
As Vogue’s much-deserved July cover girl, Nyong’o came on camera to reveal yet another talent that will blow your socks off: in college, she used to braid her friends’ hair with an expert degree of precision.
She explained that she was routinely “morbidly disappointed” at the results whenever she went into New York City to get her hair done as an undergraduate. So, she spent her summers at home in Kenya, shadowing an aunt who owns a hair salon.
“I decided it was going to be my side hustle,” Nyong’o told Vogue. “So I went to the great troubles of creating a poster—but I just didn’t have the heart to charge anyone.”
She went on to say: “For me, braiding is an intimate thing. It’s getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people I know and love and trust.”
Not to go all Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on you, but the results of her braiding skills are truly amazing. Watch her work her magic for a group of her girlfriends below!