Attending the Oscars must be nerve-wracking enough even if you’re not nominated for anything. Just getting up on that stage in couture and saying words and interacting with movie stars on live television would have me stress-sweating my face off…and I have fairly decent vision. How much more annoying would it be to deal with the aforementioned word-saying and award-presenting on top of potential tear-jerking speeches, if you have to futz with contact lenses.
If you are Lupita N’yongo it would not be annoying at all because Lupita N’yongo cares not for conventional beauty rules disparaging glasses on women. Lupita’s just trying to read the damn cards to say the damn names and present an award like the goddamn goddess that she is.
I don’t know what Lupita’s vision stats are. (That’d be a rude ask, don’t you think?) All I know is that she looks amazing in frames and I’m here for her casual use of visual aid. Observe:
The Oscars, 2018
Tonight, obv. A regal queen. I gasp. Also, where did you get these halfsies frames, Lupita? I want to bookmark them for the day my eyeballs eventually incinerate from staring at your marvelous visage.
SAG Film Awards, 2018
I am into these hybrid square/retro cat-eyes. They’re giving me hip librarian vibes but a cool librarian that makes you want to learn the Dewey Decimal System. Teach me, Lupita.
2018 Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon
Lupita, again with the half-cats.
The 2015 SAG Awards
And here she is, an elegant swan in these “businessman”-looking pair, looking understatedly stunning next to bewildered merman, Jared Leto.
2014 MTV Movie Awards
Imagine the history of what I shall refer to as “The Business Frames*. Imagine the things they have assisted Lupita in reading, the awards she’s efficiently doled out while looking like a jewel we do not deserve.
25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards
And once more, we close with these The Business Frames — perhaps Lupita’s first awards presentation readers before she branched out to slightly funkier frames.
Normally, it’s a bunch of old white dudes, rubbing the lenses of their wire-framed and business-framed oglers as they stammer through the names on their ‘thank you’ lists and nobody really gives a hoot because old white dudes have poor vision (I mean, a lot of them do) and they all wear essentially the same thing anyway so nobody really thinks twice about it. Rarer is it to see a young A-list woman don spectacles for their sole functional purpose instead of opting for contact lenses (can you get contacts if you’re near-sighted?) in the name of vanity. Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t make a big fuss about it. She doesn’t incorporate her glasses into her ensemble as another accessory — they’re likely the glasses she uses every day. Even at the Oscars, she’s just trying to do what she came here to do and read the fuck out of those notecards.
More Lupita Nyong’o, the goddess we all know and love:
Lupita didn’t need her glasses to take this Rorschach test though: