Every awards show, it’s the same thing. A cavalcade of celebrities get gussied up for the event. Hair, makeup, accessories, and of course a dress to die for. Most of the time, all of those things have been provided by a brand. And most of the time, the brands then send press releases about what they’ve provided for the celebrities. If it’s a hair company, you’ll get a full breakdown of how the style was achieved and which products were used. If it’s makeup, you’ll get a step by step on the look including which specific products and shades were used. If it’s a dress or accessories, you’ll get the info and hopefully a link where said items are available if you’re lucky.
During awards shows, my inbox is inundated with this kind of information. Before the stars have even gotten down the red carpet and into the venue, their PRs are fervently working on sending this kind of info out to print media, online media, and bloggers like me. And during every awards show, I notice a huge disparity regarding celebrities of color. Meaning – very few people send press releases about them. It happens very rarely, and only for a chosen few. And as a blogger who specializes in highlighting women all shades of beautiful…it makes my job more difficult and it also makes me sad. So I’d like to publicly state that I think this is a shame, and I encourage celebrities of color to seize the moment! If you’re getting your makeup professionally done and your hair done and you’re wearing a fabulous dress – there are so many outlets that would LOVE to have that information. Have someone send it out IMMEDIATELY on your behalf and don’t let everyone else stand in the spotlight besides you. I say this with love.
OK, off soapbox. On to the looks of last night!
Kerry Washington always looks stunning in her signature Olivia Pope white. Her SAG Awards dress was by Rodarte – via The Fashion Bomb and her makeup was by Chanel, via Beauty Blogging Junkie.
Viola Davis came to slay in a turquoise Monique Lhuillier Spring 2013 gown, and via Huffington Post we learn that she completed the look with Jimmy Choo heels and Cathy Waterman jewels.
Mad Men star Teyonah Parris made waves on the red carpet with her pink Monique Lhuillier dress and beautiful natural hair (follow her on Twitter @TeyonahParris ). Well that hair was styled by the one and only “natural hair whisperer” and creator of the Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop, Felicia Leatherwood! I was able to hit her up and exclusively get the breakdown on her amazing hairstyle!
“That’s a variation of a fold and tuck that I like to do – it’s a variation that worked for her and was red carpet ready. This is all her hair. I shampooed her hair with Dr. Miracle’s new cleanse and condition shampoo. After that I used LRC’s leave in and serum, then I blew her hair out – she was so amazed at how fast I blew her hair out! And then basically I used Hicks Edge Control, and then I used Entwine’s moisturizing, hydrating styling product, and then I sprayed it with LRC natural holding spray and cinched it with Fantasia IC mist – it finishes everything perfectly!” says Felicia.
Thank you for giving it all context, Felicia! Teyonah looked GORGEOUS and I look forward to seeing her natural style enhance many red carpets to come!
Who was your favorite look on the SAG Awards red carpet last night?