Allure magazine gave Lupita Nyong'o and her hairstylist Vernon Francois "total freedom" over the cover look for the magazine's "Culture of Hair" issue. And what they came up with is nothing short of inspiring, beautiful and impactful.

Vernon Francois is a well-known celebrity hairstylist who we admire (check out our feature on TWAs with him here) and the styles he created on Lupita for her feature are stunning and truly show the versatility of black hair.

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Beyond the stunning braids you see on the cover, there are beautiful pictures of Lupita rocking kinky, coily hair alongside the feature story where Allure's Editor in Chief Michelle Lee talked to Nyong'o about her hair experiences, stereotypes and her relationship with hair and self-love. Check out the full feature here.