The star looks stunning in these behind-the-scenes photographs

By Alex Apatoff
Updated April 23, 2014 01:05 PM

Courtesy Brenna Britton/@brennabpeople

The PEOPLE StyleWatch team couldn’t be happier about this year’s Most Beautiful Woman choice. After all, we’ve been writing love notes to Lupita Nyong’o since she came on the scene last fall. She looks amazing in anything she wears (her arms inspire us to do pushups), she looks fabulous in any kind of makeup and she’s got a genuine joy and enthusiasm that makes her absolutely radiant.

Credit: Courtesy Brenna Britton/@brennabpeople

Courtesy Brenna Britton/@brennabpeople

So since we feel like we kinda called her big win (work with us here), we got to go behind the scenes of her stunning photoshoot. We got to see the dozens of dresses, jewels and shoes she tried on for a few killer shots for the magazine. She wore everything from a Michael Kors gray turtleneck sweater and Marchesa shorts to a Cartier vintage emerald necklace — as you can see, she had no shortage of jaw-dropping designer styles to try. The actress posed for photographer Alexi Lubomirski at N.Y.C.’s Plaza Hotel, with her hair done by Ted Gibson, makeup by Nick Barose, manicure by Casey Herman and styling by Katie Mossman.

Lupita Nyong'o World's Most Beautiful

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One of her winning outfits? A yellow-gold Zac Posen gown (top), worn with H.Stern and Pomellato jewels. For even more from the star (including a look at everything she wore!) pick up this week’s Most Beautiful issue, full of gorgeous photos and tons of inside scoop on the most remarkable people in (and out of) Hollywood. And tell us: What do you think of the pick? How gorgeous are these photos?