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Long before she became an Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o was a child campaigner… true story!

The 12 Years a Slave actress opened up to InStyle about attending a predominantly all-boys school with only a handful of female students, and most horrifyingly of all, the school’s ban on girls wearing make-up!

“There was an archaic rule that said that girls could not wear make-up to school,” the Kenyan-Mexican actress told the magazine.

“I was angry that the powers that be were trying to basically oppress and control the small female population.

“I said to myself, ‘Look, if a woman wants to wear make-up to school to feel confident in an environment where she’s a minority, why not?

“’It doesn’t actually change whether or not she’s able to take in the information being given to her in the classroom.’”

Well said, Lupita.

And it’s that sort of go-getting attitude which no doubt landed her an Oscar, as well as a beauty contract with Lancôme!