You read right. Prior to winning the Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o spent her time braiding hair for friends. The entertainer, who graces the cover of the latest issue of Vogue magazine, revealed her former “side hustle” during in a video for the publication.
“I decided it was going to be my side hustle. I was going to make some money braiding people’s hair,” Nyong’o told Vogue. “So I went to the great troubles of creating a poster — but I just didn’t have the heart to charge anyone.”
Nyong’o credits her aunt, who owns a hair salon in Kenya, for helping her learn to cornrow, box braid. In her eyes, braiding his more personal than professional.
“For me braiding hair is an intimate thing,” said Nyong’o. “It’s getting up close and personal and I like to do it for people I know and love and trust.”
With her Lancôme contract, Miu Miu campaign and upcoming movie projects, a side is definitely not needed for Nyong’o.
To see Lupita Nyong’o create pretty plaits for a group of her friends, check out the video below: