Last year, the Los Angeles Times’ writer Leigh-Ann Jackson
took on the new surge of Natural Hair and Braids being worn on Hollywood red carpets while covering the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
If your idea of red-carpet hair is loose, side-swept waves, demure chignons and sleek center-parts, it’s time to broaden your scope. In the Hollywood scene, braids, locs and Afros of every circumference are fast becoming staples of the step-and-repeat set.
From “Atlanta” star Zazie Beetz to The Handmaid’s Tale actresses Samira Wiley and Kelly Jenrette [last year’s ] list of nominees is studded with black actresses who have embraced natural and textured hairstyles on the red carpet, for photo shoots and beyond.
In recent years, Emmy hopefuls Viola Davis and Susan Kelechi Watson have made grand entrances flaunting voluminous coiled strands and thick, textured up-dos. [Last year’s] Lead actress in a comedy nominees Issa Rae and Tracee Ellis Ross often rock curly and braided styles on-screen and off, in major beauty campaigns and in their everyday Instagram posts. Their curls are shaking up the present while paying homage to the past.
Straightened hair — whether achieved by chemical treatments, weaves or wigs — has long been the norm for black women who’ve broken into mainstream Hollywood and made it onto A-list red carpets.
But it’s a new day, and couture gowns are now being paired with twist-outs and gem-encrusted goddess locs.
It was nice to see it showcased again this Sunday’s 71st Annual show too on the heads of Pose on FX star Dominique Jackson who went with Fulani Braids (also called Tribal Braids) and Emmy after party attendees, Wu Tang: An American Saga star Zolee Griggs who rocked box braids sculputed into a leaning tower.
Another standout was Euphoria on HBO‘s Nika King in side cornrowed Afro Faux Hawk.
Black Lady Sketch Comedy‘s Quinta Brunson in honey blonde box braids Insecure‘s Natasha Rothwell in a textured pompadour and America’s Next Top Model‘s Sandra Nyanchoka and Luke Cage‘s Gabrielle Dennis in the 4C Press out.
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