most beautiful people lupita nyongo mindy kaling kerry washington Lupita Nyong'o, Mindy Kaling and Kerry Washington top 2014 Most Beautiful People listPeople has released its annual Most Beautiful list, with Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o taking the top spot and the cover. One cannot deny she is a great choice after all of her red carpet stunners during this past year’s awards season.

The rest of the Top 10 list includes “The Americans” star Keri Russell, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, “The Mindy Project’s” Mindy Kaling, Pink, Amber Heard, Gabrielle Union, Molly Sims, Stacy Keibler and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.

Check out the photos and interviews here, but here are a few highlights:

Nyong’o says she grew up thinking that “light skin and flowing, straight hair” was the height of beauty, but her mother always told her she was beautiful and finally she believed her at some point. The biggest reason she’s so excited to be the face of Lancome Paris is because of “all the girls who would see me … and feel a little more seen.”

Kaling says one of her biggest beauty secrets is sleep. “I have the sleep patterns of a 12-year-old boy, so I could sleep until 2 in the afternoon. Pampering for me is sleeping.”

Washington says, “The ‘imperfections’ are actually a gift. The reality is we all have nerves and moments of insecurity … But if I said to myself that I’m only going to show up, or speak or be visible when I’m perfect, I would never get out of bed.”

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."