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Lupita Nyong'o for Dazed & Confused Magazine
When all the elements of seduction are merged with all the elements of power, you've got yourself one enrapturing editorial.
Lupita Nyong'o, breakout star of the critically acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave, brings a level of quiet, suave potency that far outshines the lustrous Prada jewels and color-saturated surroundings. 
Lupita Nyong'o for Dazed & Confused Magazine
Lupita Nyong'o for Dazed & Confused Magazine
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The combination of athletic accents, from the striped socks and loose tee to the sporty sandals and bangles reminiscent of anion sports watches, with all the polish and glamour that comes with being a femme fatale (down to Dolce & Gabbana's high-gloss latex dress) adds a new dimension to the way the seductive woman is perceived. She is not only a woman confident of her sharp wit and timeless grace, but also a woman that can quite literally run with the big boys if the occasion arose.

In a time where the definition of feminism is being revised, edited, and contested every day, this specific shoot points to progress by stripping a slim, graceful, beautiful woman of the labels "dainty" and "delicate," and replacing them instead with refined sexual, intellectual, and physical power.