Allure Editor in chief Michelle Lee talks to the Oscar winner (shown here in looks created by Lupita and hairstylist Vernon François) about her hair, stereotypes, and what the perfect day would look like.

ALLURE: How did you feel about your hair when you were growing up?

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LUPITA NYONG’O: Well, 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. In my tween years, I started begging my mother to have my hair relaxed.  Read more on Allure