If you’ve been keeping an eye on Lupita Nyongon’s ever-evolving style, you may have noticed that the actress has introduced a new element to her elaborate ensembles: a head wrap.

In the upcoming issue of People magazine, the Kenyan beauty, 33, who has rocked the accessory throughout her press tour for her highly anticipated Uganda-set film Queen of Katwe, revealed the inspiration behind her new look.

“Going with the theme of the movie, they are my crowns,” said Nyong’o, who is gearing up for the release of her latest Disney project, telling the inspiring true story of a Ugandan girl, Madina Nalwanga, who becomes a chess champion. Nyong’o plays her mother, Nakku Harriet. “It’s the quintessential African accessory,” she added of the look, noting that she loves to research different styles on Pinterest.

As for the brains behind her stunning look, Nyong’o revealed she works with her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, and her hairstylist, Vernon François, to customize each piece. “It’s definitely teamwork to make the head wraps,” she said. “Micaela and I like to be inspired by the thing we’re promoting. So we find our own little secrets and sources of inspiration. So, for this film we’re inspired by the character I play.”

The fabrics are hand selected from a fabric store in east Africa. “We use the fabric either from the designer that I am wearing or African fabrics that we sourced in east Africa and in the African fabric stores here in New York,” Nyong’o said. “And it’s been lots of fun to work to create these crowns for my head and celebrate the release of this film.”

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