She will also need a blockbuster role to get her there. Perhaps she will follow in the footsteps of Jones and Naomie Harris by becoming a black Bond girl. But we will know that Nyong’o has really arrived, and that our society has truly advanced in terms of how it defines beauty, when she is cast in a mainstream American film as a love interest. If anyone has the talent, beauty and charisma to break Hollywood’s skin-color glass ceiling, she can.
Keli Goff is The Root’s special correspondent. Follow her on Twitter.