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Breakout Fashion Star: The Rise of Lupita Nyong'o

In a little over a year, Lupita Nyong’o has risen from an unknown to being a fashion fixture on awards show red carpets and other events. With the help of her stylist, she drew a lot of attention during awards season – of course also helped by the fact that she was nominated for several awards for her performance in “12 Years a Slave.” Although with no other film credits to her name at the time, it was her fashion choices at events that made people who didn’t know her take notice. In truth, since her breakout role, she’s actually garnered more attention from what she’s worn to Hollywood awards shows, events, and parties.

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When you look at Ms. Nyong’o’s year in fashion, you notice that she doesn’t stick with just a few colors – she likes to change it up and keep it interesting. Although she often goes with something monochrome in a classic silhouette; she varies in her color choices. One of the first dresses that made people take notice was the bold red strapless column gown she wore to the Golden Globe awards. It had an attached cape that draped down the side and around the back. For her lucky night at the Academy Awards, Nyong’o wore an ethereal light blue gown with a flowing skirt in chiffon.

However, no person has a perfect fashion record, and Nyong’o’s “huh” moment came at this year’s MET Costume Institute gala. While the theme of the night was “White Tie,” Nyong’o chose a puzzling outfit of a brown slipdress with a beaded green overlay with attached feathers down the sides. She also wore a cheap-looking green band around her forehead.

With the amount of attention that Ms. Nyong’o has gathered just from how she’s dressed at high profile events; it’s obvious why celebrities often rely on their stylists for fashion help and advice. Even with only one film credit to her name, Lupita Nyong’o became a name that many people know even if they didn’t see “12 Years a Slave.”

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