Turns out Lupita Nyong'o was a badass long before she hit the big screen: In a new interview with InStyle, the 35-year-old actress revealed she once took a stand against an outdated, sexist rule enforced by her high school.
"I went to an all-boys school for high school, and they had girls in the last two classes. This is a school with 700 boys and a handful of girls," she told the magazine. (You have to believe that this was a very formative experience for a young woman.)
"At one point, there was an archaic rule that said that girls could not wear makeup to school," she continued. "I was angry that the powers that be were trying to basically oppress and control the small female population.
"It infuriated me to the point that I started a petition," she admitted.
Notably, Lupita didn't even wear makeup when she was in high school; she just thought it was unfair that she and other students didn't even get the option to do so.
"I said to myself, 'Look, if a woman wants to wear makeup to school to feel confident in an environment where she’s a minority, why not? It doesn’t actually change whether or not she’s able to take in the information being given to her in the classroom,' " she explained. "I personally had no interest in wearing makeup, but I just did not think it was right."
This moment of activism has played an important role in how Lupita — Lancôme's newest ambassador — uses and perceives beauty to this day.
"In that, and for me in my life now, I think makeup has become an accessory," she told InStyle. "It’s something that I enjoy. It’s not the thing I rely on to feel beautiful, and I hope that a lot of women feel the same. Makeup is something that is something that can accessorize, just as much as a hat or a pair of earrings. It adds to the reflection of your own beauty."
Atta girl, Lupita! What an inspiration. 💪🏿