There’s something about Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o that has the world captivated by her every move. Her style is impeccable and her speeches are so eloquent that her sound bytes are a retweeter’s dream. But with the accolades come the scrutiny, and a debate about her gorgeous skin color have raised age old issues of identity.

In a press conference, the “12 Years A Slave” actress declares herself a “Mexi-Kenyan,” as she was born in Mexico and raised in Kenya.

“Yes, I was born in Mexico, but I moved to Kenya where my family is from before I turned one. I grew up in Kenya, but my parents sent me back to Mexico to learn Spanish when I was 16. So, I did spend some time in Mexico in my adolescence. Then, I came to study in the U.S. So, of course, I have a special place for Mexico in my heart. It’s my birthplace.”

Viva Lupita! Watch the conference below.

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