Lupita Nyong’o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress known for her petite stature, standing at approximately 5 feet 3 ¾ inches (161.9 cm) tall, with a shoe size of 7.5 (US), which is standard for her height. Her shoe size is approximately 38.5 in European sizing and 5.5 in UK sizing.
She was born on March 1, 1983, in Mexico City to Kenyan politician Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and was raised in Kenya from the age of three. She earned a bachelor’s degree in film and theatre studies from Hampshire College in the United States and later pursued a master’s in acting from the Yale School of Drama.
Zendaya and Taylor Marie Hill are almost the same height, with Zendaya being 5ft 8 ½ (174 cm) and Taylor being 5ft 9 (175.3 cm), making a difference of just half an inch (1.3 cm) between them, while Lupita Nyong’o is the shortest among the three at 5ft 3 ¾ (161.9 cm), making a difference of approximately 4 inches (10.1 cm) between her and Taylor Marie Hill, who is the tallest (Credit: Vince Flores / Startraksphoto)
Compared to the average height of women, which can vary by region and ethnicity, Lupita Nyong’o’s height is slightly below the global average for women.
According to various sources, the average height for women worldwide is around 5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cm).
Nyong’o began her Hollywood career as a production assistant and made her acting debut in the short film “East River” in 2008. She gained critical acclaim as Patsey in the biopic “12 Years a Slave” (2013), winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She also made her Broadway debut in “Eclipsed” in 2015 and performed in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, voicing Maz Kanata and playing Raksha in “The Jungle Book” (2016). Her career continued to flourish with roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Black Panther” (2018) and its sequel (2022), as well as in Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us” (2019).
Identifying as Kenyan-Mexican, Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico City and holds dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship (Credit: Silvia Elizabeth Pangaro / Shutterstock)
In addition to her acting career, Nyong’o advocates for historic preservation and is vocal about issues like preventing sexual harassment and working for women’s and animal rights.
She was named the most beautiful woman by People in 2014, authored a children’s book titled “Sulwe,” received Emmy nominations for narrating episodes of the docu-series “Serengeti,” and was recognized as one of Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women by Forbes in 2020.
Although they undeniably have chemistry and would make a great couple, Lupita Nyong’o has never dated Jared Leto.
Lupita Nyong’o: Facts, Rumors, and Everything in Between
|Is Lupita Nyong'o rich?
|Yes, she is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and music video director with an estimated net worth of $10 million dollars.
|Lupita Amondi Nyong'o
|Lupita Nyong’o was born as Lupita Amondi Nyong’o on 1 March, 1983, in Mexico City, Mexico.
|Lupita Nyong'o and Selema Masekela officially revealed their relationship in a stylish Instagram video in December 2022. While they were spotted together on a few occasions afterward, the couple generally maintained a low-key approach to their relationship. Unfortunately, reports indicate that they parted ways in October 2023.
Lupita Nyong'o has been in relationships with K'Naan (2013 - 2014) and Janelle Monáe. She has also been rumored to have hooked up with Michael B. Jordan (2018), Jared Leto (2014), Michael Fassbender (2013), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012 - 2013).
|Lupita Nyong'o does not have any children.
|There are rumors suggesting that Lupita Nyong'o's weight is approximately 51 kg (112.5 lbs).
|Lupita Nyong'o's shoe size of 7.5 US is within the average range for women's shoe sizes. In the United States, the average shoe size for women is between 7.5 and 9. So, a shoe size of 7.5 is on the smaller side of average.
|Is Lupita Nyong'o short?
|Yes, Lupita Nyong'o's height of 5 feet 3 ¾ inches (161.9 cm) is slightly below the global average for women, which is around 5 feet 4 inches (162.6 cm).
So, in terms of height compared to the average woman, she is just a little shorter.
|Is Lupita Nyong'o Mexican?
|Yes, she holds dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship and identifies as Kenyan-Mexican.
|Source of Wealth:
|Nyong'o's net worth is largely due to her successful acting career. She has earned millions of dollars from her films, as well as from endorsements and other business ventures. She is also a very popular actress, and her films often generate a lot of box office revenue.
|Lupita Nyong'o is of Luo Kenyan ethnicity.
What Languages Does Lupita Nyong’o Speak?
In addition to English and her native Luo, she speaks Spanish, Swahili, and conversational Italian.
How to Pronounce Lupita Nyong’o
Her name is pronounced Loo-PEE-ta NYONG-o.
Lupita Nyong’o’s Wise Words on Beauty, Representation, and Activism
Clay can be dirt in the wrong hands, but clay can be art in the right hands. – Lupita Nyong’o
Personally, I don’t ever want to depend on makeup to feel beautiful. – Lupita Nyong’o
I give myself homework when I have an audition. I give myself goals, and that’s how I check how I’m doing. It can be something simple like ‘listen,’ or ‘find your feet.’ And then afterward, it’s an assessment, so in a way, it’s not about booking the job or not. It’s about what I learned as an actor about that character. – Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o made a stunning appearance at the 76th Annual Tony Awards on June 11, 2023, at United Palace Theater in New York City, grabbing everyone’s attention in a black velvet suit jacket and trousers, complemented by a custom-made metallic breastplate crafted by Pakistani artist Misha Japanwala (Credit: Lev Radin / Shutterstock)
As human beings, what makes us able to empathize with people is a connection that is not necessarily understood mentally. – Lupita Nyong’o
Ralph Fiennes was a pivotal influence on me. He asked me, ‘So what is it you want to do?’ I very shyly, timidly admitted that I wanted to be an actor. He sighed, and he said, ‘Lupita, only be an actor if you feel there is nothing else in the world you want to do – only do it if you feel you cannot live without acting.’ – Lupita Nyong’o
As human beings, we aren’t as individual as we’d like to believe we are. And I think that’s what makes acting possible. Despite the fact that I have not experienced something, I have it in my human capacity to imagine it and to put myself in someone else’s shoes, and to take someone else’s circumstances personally. – Lupita Nyong’o
Home is where my family is. – Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o looked stunning and chic in an elegant lavender tweed ensemble from Chanel, which consisted of a matching vest and shorts set, at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2023/2024 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 4, 2023, in Paris, France (Credit: Abaca Press / INSTARimages)
I don’t need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw. I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities. – Lupita Nyong’o
I love filmmaking, but I decided to go to drama school because I thought that when I’m 60 and looking back on my life, if acting hadn’t been a part of it, I would hate myself. – Lupita Nyong’o
My immediate family was always very supportive. It was my own fear of the rest of the world not accepting me, the rest of our society not accepting my wish to be an actor. – Lupita Nyong’o
Drama is my sweet spot, but the thing about being an actor is that you want to do a variety of things. I definitely love fantasy and would want to be in a fantasy project. – Lupita Nyong’o
I come from a very close class. I lucked out because drama schools are often very competitive… I have fourteen classmates. – Lupita Nyong’o
I was raised in Kenya, and I always wanted to be an actor from when I was really, really little, but the first time I thought it was something that I could make a career of was when I watched ‘The Color Purple.’ I think I was nine, maybe, and I saw people that looked like me – Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah. – Lupita Nyong’o
Being considered a fashion star is wonderful. It’s definitely a bonus thing. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’ve loved the opportunity to learn about the fashion world and appreciate it as an art form, and I look forward to my continued education, but I never want it to take over my acting. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’m a crybaby. – Lupita Nyong’o
When I was younger, I was almost too afraid to admit that I wanted to be an actor. – Lupita Nyong’o
It’s great to have something to dress up for. You know, I spent three years in slacks at drama school, so now I like putting a dress on. – Lupita Nyong’o
What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one’s own culture. – Lupita Nyong’o
In the madness, you have to find calm. – Lupita Nyong’o
Every single laundromat, grocery store, everything is called ‘Lupita’ in Mexico. – Lupita Nyong’o
I always envisioned working in film and in theater. Theater and film are not, they’re not in any way substitutable. What I love about theater is so different from what I love about film, and I enjoy the craft of both. – Lupita Nyong’o
I grew up in Nairobi, which is the capital of Kenya, so it’s hustle and bustle, and there’s always something going on. – Lupita Nyong’o
Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. The shame doesn’t even belong to us, but we still experience it because we’re a part of the African race. If it happened to one, it happened to all. We carry that burden. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’m pretty awesome at making salad dressings. – Lupita Nyong’o
As actors, you become an expert at starting over. – Lupita Nyong’o
My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. Then I moved back to Kenya shortly after I turned one, and I grew up in Kenya. – Lupita Nyong’o
It’s so funny, you go to acting school thinking you’re going to learn how to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself. Because it’s in understanding yourself deeply that you can lend yourself to another person’s circumstances and another person’s experience. – Lupita Nyong’o
When I was younger, I was almost too afraid to admit that I wanted to be an actor. I didn’t know any successful actors in Kenya, so I felt like I could get away with going to college to study film more easily than I could with saying, ‘I want to be an actor.’ That’s what I did. – Lupita Nyong’o
The set of ’12 Years a Slave’ was an extremely joyous one! We all recognized that we were making a powerful, necessary and beautiful film, and we weren’t about doing it without that sense of responsibility, and we recognized that we needed each other to tell this story. We also knew we needed to hold each other up as we told the story. – Lupita Nyong’o
I can speak of actors that I love. I love Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, her tenacity. I love Charlize Theron. She’s so surprising and so exhilarating, the kinds of projects she takes on. Marion Cotillard as well. – Lupita Nyong’o
My conscious life has all been in Kenya, and it’s my point of reference. But going back to Mexico was very formative. – Lupita Nyong’o
I thought I was going to school to be other people, but really, what I learned was to be myself – accepting myself, my strengths and weaknesses. – Lupita Nyong’o
I never, in my wildest dreams, could I have thought that the first role I get out of school would lead to an Oscar nomination. – Lupita Nyong’o
I never understood who all those people are behind the actors! When you see them on the red carpet on TV, you go, ‘Why does that person need such a large entourage?’ And then you realize that every single person there has a role to play. – Lupita Nyong’o
To this day, I love eating steak tacos before going to the red carpets. – Lupita Nyong’o
My parents gave me a Mexican name. In our culture, we are named after the events of the day. – Lupita Nyong’o
I thrive on structure. I find my freedom in structure. – Lupita Nyong’o
I haven’t always been gluten-free. – Lupita Nyong’o
Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood. And dreams are the foundation of America. – Lupita Nyong’o
It’s only when you risk failure that you discover things. When you play it safe, you’re not expressing the utmost of your human experience. – Lupita Nyong’o
I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it. – Lupita Nyong’o
I loved make-believe. I was the child in the cupboard playing with my Barbies. – Lupita Nyong’o
One of the reasons why I went to the Yale School of Drama is because I felt that I was acting off of instinct, but sometimes that is not reliable. When you’re not feeling it, what do you do? So, going to grad school was about getting the tools to just use my instrument to the best of my ability. – Lupita Nyong’o
There’s always a sense of newness with acting because every role, you come to every role fresh. – Lupita Nyong’o
I have a very ostrich mentality. I feel like I have my head in the sand so no one can see me. – Lupita Nyong’o
I spent some time back in Mexico at 16 because my parents thought it would be prudent for me to learn Spanish, because I held a Mexican passport. – Lupita Nyong’o
All throughout filming ’12 Years a Slave,’ there was a focus like no other. Everyone took ownership of this film and gave their all. – Lupita Nyong’o
Whoopi Goldberg looked like me, she had hair like mine, she was dark like me. I’d been starved for images of myself. I’d grown up watching a lot of American TV. There was very little Kenyan material, because we had an autocratic ruler who stifled our creative expression. – Lupita Nyong’o
I have the opportunity to learn about the fashion world, and I appreciate it as an art form… But I never want it to take over my acting. – Lupita Nyong’o
I didn’t know any successful actors in Kenya, so I felt like I could get away with going to college to study film more easily than I could with saying, ‘I want to be an actor.’ That’s what I did. – Lupita Nyong’o
I am thrilled beyond words that The Academy has recognized my performance in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years a Slave,’ and I am deeply proud to be in the company of my fellow nominees. – Lupita Nyong’o
I grew up in the limelight and being the child of someone famous. So my relationship with fame is not bedazzled. – Lupita Nyong’o
Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. – Lupita Nyong’o
I was born in Mexico because my father was teaching at a school in Mexico City. I was born during the third year he was there. And when I was 16, I returned to Mexico to learn Spanish. – Lupita Nyong’o
The muscles you flex in theater are muscles that you really need. I must always find a way to get back there. It’s irreplaceable. – Lupita Nyong’o
I feel privileged that people are looking up to me, and perhaps a dream will be born because of my presence. – Lupita Nyong’o
Being a part of ’12 Years a Slave’ has been one of the most profound experiences of my life. – Lupita Nyong’o
We, as human beings, have the capacity for extreme cruelty. – Lupita Nyong’o
I had moved back to Kenya after undergrad, and I went through this crisis of, ‘What is my life going to be about?’ – Lupita Nyong’o
I definitely intend to create my own work in the future so that we don’t have to keep saying, ‘We don’t have work for black women.’ – Lupita Nyong’o
There is something about acting that’s mysterious and magical because there is only so much I can do to prepare, and then I have to just let go and breathe and believe that it will come through. – Lupita Nyong’o
Makeup isn’t something I’ve worn a lot of in my life. – Lupita Nyong’o
The first time I cut all my hair off was when I was 19. I just got fed up going to the salon every week. I’d had enough! On a whim, it was off. It’s low-maintenance. – Lupita Nyong’o
I have dabbled in martial arts all my life, since I was 7, maybe – tae kwon do, capoeira, Muay Thai. It’s always been an interest because in martial arts there is a mind/body relationship. – Lupita Nyong’o
There have been rumors and rumors and rumors about my love life. That’s the one area that I really like to hold close to my heart. – Lupita Nyong’o
Our business is complicated because intimacy is part and parcel of our profession; as actors, we are paid to do very intimate things in public. That’s why someone can have the audacity to invite you to their home or hotel, and you show up. – Lupita Nyong’o
I didn’t love my hair when I was a child. It was lighter than my skin, which made me not love it so much. I was really kind of envious of girls with thicker, longer, more lush hair. – Lupita Nyong’o
I want to be uncomfortable – acting is uncomfortable. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’m interested in generating work for myself. I have trouble with this waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring lifestyle, especially after drama school, which was so creatively fulfilling. – Lupita Nyong’o
What’s becoming very obvious to me is that fashion is art. – Lupita Nyong’o
My father was a professor of political science and also a young politician fighting for democracy in Kenya, and when things got ugly, he went into political exile in Mexico. – Lupita Nyong’o
Steve McQueen is a genius. And I think that word is overused, but I think with Steve, it’s rightly used. He’s a genius. – Lupita Nyong’o
I definitely love fantasy and would want to be in a fantasy project. – Lupita Nyong’o
I learned at Yale, one of the biggest lessons was to learn how special I am and therefore how totally unspecial I am. I was special among everyone else who was special. The fact that we’re all so individual and that’s what makes us special. – Lupita Nyong’o
I went to an all-boys high school, and they accepted girls in only the two A.P. classes. – Lupita Nyong’o
I am very emotional about politics in a way that makes it hard for me to articulate things in a rational fashion. – Lupita Nyong’o
I value not being good at things because children are not good at things. – Lupita Nyong’o
I was part of a growing community of women who were secretly dealing with harassment by Harvey Weinstein. But I also did not know that there was a world in which anybody would care about my experience with him. – Lupita Nyong’o
I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. – Lupita Nyong’o
The beauty standards had nothing to do with me in Mexico. It was such a bizarre, dire time for my hair. I was living in a small town where there was not any semblance of an African community. I’d have to take the bus to Mexico City to find a woman who could braid my hair. That was two and a half hours away. – Lupita Nyong’o
Before the advent of the white man, black people were doing all kinds of things with their hair. The rejection of kinks and curls did come with the white man. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’m still trying to get over the fact that my name is being mentioned with people like Brad Pitt. – Lupita Nyong’o
The Hollywood Film Awards were really stressful. It was the biggest press line I’d ever seen. – Lupita Nyong’o
Growing up, I had really bad skin. I had a skin disorder. Yes, I did. And my mother went to great lengths to try to find something to remedy it. I remember she took a trip to Madagascar and came back with all these alternative, medicinal herbs and stuff. They didn’t smell so good, but I think they worked some magic. – Lupita Nyong’o
Part of being an artist is that you are always concerned you don’t have what it takes. It… keeps us honest. – Lupita Nyong’o
My mother talked about the stories I used to spin as a child of three, before I started school. I would tell this story about what school I went to and what uniform I wore and who I talked to at lunchtime and what I ate, and my mother was like, ‘This girl does not even go to school.’ – Lupita Nyong’o
I grew up in a world where the majority of people were black, so that wasn’t the defining quality of anyone. When you’re describing someone, you don’t start out with ‘he’s black, he’s white.’ – Lupita Nyong’o
Human beings have an instinct for freedom. – Lupita Nyong’o
I don’t ever want to be president – let’s just get that out of the way. – Lupita Nyong’o
That’s such a powerless place for me to think about: what is working against me. I don’t think of what I don’t have; I think of what I do and use that to get the next thing. – Lupita Nyong’o
I’m Mexican and Kenyan at the same time. I’ve seen the quarrels over my nationality, but I’m Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan, and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos. – Lupita Nyong’o
What fame does is there is an illusion of familiarity that is cast into the world. So it’s about negotiating with that illusion because, oftentimes, you encounter people who have encountered you, but you haven’t encountered them. It’s a little weird to find your footing. – Lupita Nyong’o
I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin, and my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come, and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. – Lupita Nyong’o
I would love to have a career that’s governed by the material; I always want to be part of stories that I feel are worthwhile. – Lupita Nyong’o
I grew up watching foreign programs – American, English, Mexican, and very little Kenyan. ‘The Color Purple’ was the first time I saw people who looked like me. – Lupita Nyong’o
My father used to act in high school. He was in a production of ‘Othello;’ I don’t know who he played, but it wasn’t Othello. He would talk about it, though, and read Shakespeare to me. – Lupita Nyong’o
I always love to learn new things. That’s the reason I like being an actor. – Lupita Nyong’o
I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that. – Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o Shines at KENZO x H&M Launch Event in New York City
Lupita Nyong’o rocked bright orange hoop earrings and a stylish headband (Credit: WENN / Ivan Nikolov)
Lupita Nyong’o graced the occasion in a captivating, mismatched print dress (Credit: WENN / Ivan Nikolov)
The then-33-year-old Kenyan-Mexican actress dressed in a mismatched print dress from the new collection resulting from a collaboration between French graphic designer Jean-Paul Goude and Kenzo’s Carol Lim and Humberto Leon.
Lupita Nyong’o captivated everyone’s attention at the KENZO x H&M Launch Event held at Pier 36 in New York City on October 19, 2016 (Credit: WENN / Ivan Nikolov)
While we love the bright orange hoop earrings and the headband, do you think she should have styled the boldly printed dress with a different pair of shoes?
We can’t say we love her blue pumps as much as the rest of her outfit. How about a pair of sandals?
Lupita Nyong’o wearing a vibrantly printed blue dress with animal and floral print, a collared neckline, and puffy sleeves (Credit: WENN / Ivan Nikolov)