As one of the most anticipated Marvel movies has hit the theatres, let me dedicate this week’s post to the leading ladies of Black Panther. I felt I had to take the opportunity and applaud the ladies featuring in the movie because they really showed the world how to do fashion statements properly, not just on the red carpet but all through the promo tour. Each of their fashion choices and beauty looks was unique, refreshing, exciting oozing style and grace. When it came to the US and European premiere of the movie, the gentlemen upped their game too, making the Black Panther red carpet the best-looking, most vibrant in a long time bursting with fresh energy. Looking at this collage of images from the LA and London events brings a huge smile on my face and think ‘Who wouldn’t want to rub shoulders with Wakanda’s royal elite?’
The buzz around the movie is phenomenal and I am so glad that finally, we can all celebrate black artists of the entertainment industry being in the centre of the attention. After watching Black Panther on Tuesday, I am absolutely sure the movie will break box office records. It is a brilliant, well-balanced action movie with a heart, and a great message.
Choosing only five beauty highlights was really tough but got there in the end. Here are the leading ladies at their best:
‘Jaw-dropping’, ‘stunning’, ‘breathtaking’ are the first words that come to mind when looking at Lupita at the LA premiere. You can’t call her look anything else but regal. The focus of her makeup was her glowing skin and sheer plum lipstick that was complemented with black smokey eyes and subtle plum shade blush. Lupita’s warrior character Nakia was nicely reflected in the royal purple custom Atelier Versace dress with an armour-like overlay, all finished off with a hair sculpture that was a homage to the Fulani hairstyles captured by Nigerian photographer J. D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere. The whole look was beautifully thought out, all the elements worked in harmony with each other,
I love the dramatic cut of Danai’s Victor And Rolf dress at the LA premiere and she has an amazing figure to pull it off on the red carpet. Similar to Lupita she wore black smokey eyes, subtle plum cheeks and a fresh berry lipstick but made it a bit more fun with a light gold liner in the inner and the outer corners of her eyes. Her hair is super short with some nice pattern cut into it on the left-hand side so other than a pretty hairband, not much else needed.
Here is Queen Angela Basset bringing a bit of fun to the LA premiere red carpet wearing a Naeem Kahn showstopping jumpsuit in bright yellow, and a vibrant smile. The whole look was reflecting the regal dress code perfectly, referencing Ethiopian and Nigerian cultures, adding a modern, youthful twist, a pair of handmade statement earrings and lots of texture. Another standout element of this look was the hairstyle which ended up being a fun mix of smooth and curly continuing the theme of playing with different textures. On this occasion, the subtle tonal makeup (glowing skin, black smokey eyes and nude lips) stands a little bit in the background beautifully complementing the dress and the hairstyle. She looked bold, sexy, confident and a joy to watch.
The Guyanese beauty wore a beautiful gold strapless Rami Al Ali creation at the London premiere. Her makeup was incredibly subtle with clean, natural skin, a light lip tint and a soft wash of gold eyeshadow on the eyelids. She is 24 years old and blessed with beautiful skin, I don’t think she needed more. The focus of the look was that beautiful gold dress and orange high-heels.
Florence Kasumba chose an exquisite Jenny Peckham gown for the London premiere and she posed in front of the camera like no one else. The sheer fabric with the vibrant embellishments looked perfect against her skin tone and I love that she picked white shoes and a minimalistic pair of drop earrings to go with it. Her gorgeous features don’t scream for much makeup at all, at 41 she has better, more glowing skin than many twenty-somethings, that pop of red shade on the lips was just enough.
The actress looked like a true queen in a long shimmering gold Marc Bouwer dress in LA. Her flawless complexion was achieved by using a Make Up For Ever primer and Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation but it still had a little bit of a glow to it. Her blush and lipstick were only subtle letting that beautiful dress and the fun, super-high ponytail do the talking.
I could go on and on all day how much I love these ladies for what they have done not just for the film industry but for the fashion and beauty world too, not to talk about them being excellent role models for young black boys and girls all over the world. I am pretty much sure it is not the last time I feature them in my beauty round-up posts.