Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has been named the new face of Lancome.
Lancome made the announcement on Friday, April 4. The 31-year-old Mexican-born Kenyan joins the likes of Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Emma Watson and Penelope Cruz, who have all previously been ambassadors for the brand.
Nyong'o will begin appearing in ads for Lancome this summer. Video of the actress announcing the news can be viewed below.
"I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancome, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved," Nyong'o said in a statement. "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself."
"Both talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices, Lupita is by essence the Lancome woman," Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancome International, said. "A strikingly beautiful and intelligent woman, serenely but strongly living her life her own way, Lupita has this special kind of aura both enlightening and deep."
Nyong'o won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role on March 2 for her role as Patsey in "12 Years a Slave." The actress, who is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the film. She recently had a role in the Liam Neeson action film "Non-Stop."
Check out a video of Nyong'o talking about become a brand ambassador for Lancome below.