Remember Lupita Nyong’o’s gorgeous Vogue shoot? Well, it turns out there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than we even imagined, like Lupita posing with a snake. The 12 Years a Slave actress released a video of herself with a snake draped around her neck on her Instagram and, well, she acts a lot cooler than I would in the same situation. “Nobody said being on the cover would be easy,” reads the caption. True, Lupita, but nobody said you’d have to pose with snakes either. The things we do for #FASHUN.
Proving that she’s made of sterner stuff than most, Lupita gamely stands in place with the reptile and his handler while the photographer snaps away. While she looks a little, um, stiffer than usual, she waits for the shot to be taken and then runs for it.
The picture featuring the snake around her neck isn’t included in the Vogue spread, but the snake does make an appearance in a staring contest with the cover star. Don’t worry, snake—you still got your big magazine debut.