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Wed, Apr 23, 2014 11:08 AM EDT

Things just keep getting better for Lupita Nyong'o. The breakout star of "12 Years a Slave" was just named one of People Magazine's 50 most beautiful, and she's on the cover. 

"It was exciting and just a major, major compliment," the 31-year-old says of gracing this year's cover. And especially, "I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen."