All hail style empress Danai Gurira

March 16, 2018

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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.

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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.

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We’re pleased to announce this upper echelon of consistently expertly dressed women has a new member: Danai Gurira.

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Gurira is one of the breakout stars of Black Panther. She plays Okoye, the leader of the all-female Dora Milaje special forces.

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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.

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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.

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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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