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TODAY's Takeaway: People reveals Most Beautiful; designers make clothes to save lives

April 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM ET

Lupita Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful, Alan Cumming is back on Broadway and Liya Kebede is using fashion for good.
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Lupita Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful, Alan Cumming is back on Broadway and Liya Kebede is using fashion for good.

1. Lupita Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful Person for 2014, the magazine revealed Wednesday morning on TODAY.

The 31-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for her role in "12 Years a Slave," beams from the cover that promises “her inspiring story.”

Video: The former Yale drama student who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her breakout role in “12 Years a Slave” is revealed as People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman 2014 in the Orange Room.

Also on People’s list: Our own Hoda Kotb!

Video: Kathie Lee Gifford congratulates her pal Hoda Kotb for being featured in People’s Most Beautiful issue. The ladies also have praise for a British shopping mall that launched a fast lane for speedy shoppers.

2. The fashion industry’s top designers have teamed up with a charity fighting to wipe out AIDS among infants in South Africa.

"We're ensuring that every child is born free of HIV, meaning aiming to end mother-to-child transmission of AIDS by 2015," Ethiopian model Liya Kebede told Natalie.

Video: Model Liya Kebede and Vogue magazine’s Sylvana Ward Durrett join TODAY to talk about the magazine’s partnership with an initiative that believes every mother and child should be able to live a life born free of HIV.

3. Savannah’s living it up on her sun-soaked honeymoon. She revealed in her latest TODAY.com blog post that she’s letting it all hang out on the best vacation of her life.

"I am just going to enjoy the miracle that is pregnancy and be thankful every minute for good fortune, and good guacamole."

Savannah Guthrie with husband Mike Feldman on vacation... and baby bump makes three! Vacationing while pregnant is an excellent excuse to let it all hang out and not worry about how you look in a bathing suit.
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Savannah Guthrie on vacation with husband Mike Feldman ... and baby bump makes three! Vacationing while pregnant is an excellent excuse to let it all hang out and not worry about how you look in a bathing suit.

4. The extraordinary Alan Cumming stopped by Studio 1A this morning to chat about his new (old) role in “Cabaret” on Broadway.

"I'm doing kicklines with girls less than half my age (now)," he boasted to Matt.

Video: The actor joins TODAY to chat about starring alongside Williams in the acclaimed musical “Cabaret,” which is returning to Broadway.

5. Author and advocate Mary Fisher visited to talk about working with a North Carolina dad and his daughter to make the “100 Good Deeds” bracelet that raises money for women in Haiti and Africa.

Video: Author and advocate Mary Fisher joins TODAY to chat about working with a North Carolina dad and his daughter to make the “100 Good Deeds” bracelet that raises money for women in Haiti and Africa. TODAY contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager reports.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway! 

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