Is Kenya’s princess camera ready for mainstream America?
By HAZEL BECKLES YOUNG LAO | 4/3/2014, 2:15 p.m.
She is presently appearing in the French-American mystery thriller “Non-Stop,” which premiered in Paris in January of this year. There is a hum online. Also, she is set to appear in Star Wars as part of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s lineage and in Warner Bro’s “Tiger Lily” opposite Daniel Craig in a courtroom drama. More buzz.
Our children will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with her for a while. But just as the honeybees are disappearing, this buzz will also disappear soon after she is demoted from her pedestal. There is no mystery why Nyong’o will lack the privilege or the staying power of a Jolie, Roberts, Bullock, Johansson, Dench or Streep.
Oops! But if she plays her cards right, there is Lanvin, Chanel, Givenchy, et al. Cha-ching cha-ching! Nyong’o is an exquisite canvas for cosmetics and fashion houses. She has already adorned magazines in London and New York. Each color she wears exudes. That’s to be expected. She is the original color.
A lucrative fashion commodity future, over time, she will increase in value. Sell their wares she will. Jet-setting from Italy to Paris! Fashion Week, front row, sitting with Anna Wintour! Among my sister friends, we do not want Nyong’o to become a consumable, but she’s got the goods to sell their goods. (And we’re not overlooking the fact that Mattel is unlikely to pass up the opportunity to manufacture a Nyong’o doll.)