March 16, 2018
Some women in Hollywood have never let us down on a red carpet: Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett, Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson and Janelle Monáe, for starters.
It’s like, we’ve got water, food, shelter and a new, thrilling picture of Thompson on a red carpet? Good, now we can breathe.
We’re pleased to announce this upper echelon of consistently expertly dressed women has a new member: Danai Gurira.
Gurira is one of the breakout stars of Black Panther. She plays Okoye, the leader of the all-female Dora Milaje special forces.
Gurira has also emerged as a breakout star on the red carpet, still rocking that closely shaved head from the film — now with designs courtesy of Vernon Scott.
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To pinpoint an example of her fashion mastery, take a look at Gurira in this black and pink ruffled dress by Viktor & Rolf at the Black Panther world premiere.
Then there was the South African premiere, to which Gurira wore an incredible blue column dress from the Row, featuring beaded detailing extending up the neck.
Gurira’s fashion sense is thrilling because she seems to have a good time on every red carpet, and her stylist, Thomas Carter Phillips, may just be a genius.
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In her time as a major actress or playwright, Gurira has never walked a red carpet in a little black dress. She knows she can pull off more interesting pieces.
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She wore this beautiful pink dress with lace detail to a Golden Globes after-party in 2014, when she was mainly known for her role in The Walking Dead.
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At a Comic-Con party that same year, she arrived in a dress covered in fruits and flowers.
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To the 2016 Met Gala, with its theme of fashion and technology, she wore a glorious white gown by Giambattista Valli and sported tufts of silver in her hair.
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It’s clear Gurira favors taking risks over dressing safely in strapless, satin dresses — and those risks are paying off.
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