NEW YORK (AP) -- People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014.The 31-year-old actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," tops the magazine's list, announced Wednesday.Commenting on being selected for this year's cover, Nyong'o says: "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment. I was happy for all the girls who would see me on it and feel a little more seen."
The extraordinary autobiographical book published in 1998 about the life of a Somali model, Waris Dirie. It's a gripping tale that tells of the injustice faced by Somalian women. Despite Somalian society's attempt to weaken and suppress women via Female Genital Mutilation, we see a woman's strength to change her fate. Reading about Waris sprinting to escape wild animals & an arranged marriage while tucked comfortably in my soft bed magnifies this juxtaposition and the haunting effect lingers...
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