Today’s post is a direct result of a conversation I had with my sister last weekend, we were talking of the good films she had seen lately and she mentioned, ’12 Years A Slave’ and Lupita’s award-worthy performance in it. She then went on to say something along the lines of, ‘Biki I’m surprised you haven’t featured her on your blog yet…’
She had a point. When I first saw the Mexican-born, Kenya-raised beauty, I immediately thought of featuring her on my blog but something called Life got in the way. But now, it’s time to put that aside and give this woman her credit!
It’s been a while since I’ve looked at the starlets rising up in Hollywood today and felt pride and more than that, thought that their Beauty Look was something I could realistically recreate or aspire to. So really for me, Lupita is a breadth of fresh long-awaited air!
For instance I adore the vibrant ‘Pop’ make up she used to compliment her Miu Miu Cockatoo print dress. She shows that Ohhh Yessss, there are some looks that a dark-skinned girl can pull off like no other:
I won’t lie, as the usual Crimbo (translation, Christmas) Glitz n Glamour invitations pile up on my desk and my trip to Lagos approaches, that red devil sometimes sits on my shoulder and whispers in my ear, ‘But Biki, will you really be able to look Glamorous Slash Fabulous with your short Afro?’ At those moments, I need to look at this image of Lupita decked out in Lanvin:
When I cut my hair super low, I felt the pressure of trying to find the perfect Red Lipstick, you know for the ol’ Grace Jones Classic Short Afro matched with a Red Sneer look. But no matter what shade I tried, they just didn’t look right, and I would always come running back to my Bronze Lip. Well, looks like Lupita is a fan of this shade too:
I also have a lot of respect for her for not succumbing to wacking a weave on when she began to accumulate a lot of press and buzz. As time goes on, I’m working on my beauty issues and I’m making waves: no extensions for almost 9 months people! But I don’t know how strong I would be if I was pushed into the spotlight where I was likely to bump into long haired beauties like Amanda Seyfried and Angelina Jolie.
But here Lupita holds her own in this canary yellow J. Mendell textured viscose sleeveless column gown, her confidence really does shine through all her ensembles and you gotta love a woman who loves her colour (pun intended):
I love the colour orange, it’s always my shade of choice when I get a pedicure or manicure. I find it really does warm darker skin tones, so I am all for this tangy Antonio Berardi number paired with fiiiierce leopard pumps:
Words can’t express how much I love this white Prada floor length gown punctuated with gold embroidery:
Luana’s style reminds me of Thandie Newton’s in that, they both seem to gravitate towards strong pieces either colour or structure wise, that don’t overtly titillate. Its Minimalism at its best. Also both don’t seem to wear a lot of jewellery, and the thing is I am a huuuge accessory fan, but on Luana, for some reason, she never looks like she needs more jewellery even when her accessories are at a minimum:
Now I have to go After-School Special on y’all, I am so happy and proud of this young lady. I was delighted to hear that she had graduated from Yale in 2012: brains and beauty people, and also decreases the chance of her speaking ineloquently at press conferences, award ceremonies etc. I think its great she’s now being featured on leading fashion resources like Grazia, and she is a staple to many a red carpet, because she gives another variation of what Black Beauty is all about. I love black actresses like Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Nia Long and Sanaa Latham. But its healthy for young dark-skinned African girls growing up to see ladies like Lupita as well.
And to round things stylishly off, lets have some fabulous Lupita Collages: