Her first memory of fashion was at age five,
Wearing her very eighties red cord miniskirt with suspender straps. Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting. Her nails were always perfectly done.
While a child Lupita’s father, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, was for a long period an opposition politician under the repressive Moi regime. Her father was at times detained in jail, once for an entire month, and the family
had to destroy a lot of his documents. I wasn’t allowed to go to school. We were basically locked up in the house. The curtains were shut all the time, and we were just burning papers. I was definitely exposed to some extreme situations. Tragedy is something that I have known and that I have tried to accept as part of life. But I don’t dwell on it. . . .
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