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.


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OK, off soapbox. On to the looks of last night!


From the moment I spotted Alfre Woodard in the audience, I gasped. That chartreuse Kevan Hall dress looked stunning on her!  Her look was accented by jewelry from Erica Courtney.


Via PeopleStyleWatch

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.

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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!

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“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?


Kathy says:
January 28, 2013, 1:00 pm
You are so right. I would love to know what type and color makeup everyone is wearing and the dresses - That is the first picture I saw of Viola and she looks beautiful thank you for showing everyone
Glenyse says:
January 28, 2013, 2:09 pm
I have to agree with you Bella, Teyonah is stunning and her hair is the BOMB!!!! I don't know if I have enough to get mine whipped like that, but I am searching for the tutorial on it tonight. She's radiant, gorgeous...she even posed like it!!!!
Lydia says:
January 28, 2013, 2:31 pm
Wow, I had no idea that is how the information was disseminated so quickly regarding awards show looks, truly. Learned something new! Thanks for connecting with Felicia on Teyonah's hair style, simply stunning!!! It looks so touchably soft and chic, love it.
V Nikol says:
January 28, 2013, 4:58 pm
I was so excited to when Teyonah Parris was added to Mad Men's cast. I look forward to her role expanding on the show. She looked beautiful last night, I didn't recognize her since she's styled according to the era on the show but she looks great & I'm loving the natural hairstyle.
Sasha-Shae says:
January 29, 2013, 9:08 am
Awesome post Bella! I think it is sad that this is the case. Thanks also for getting in touch with Felicia for the details on Teyonah's lovely hair do.
pets says:
January 29, 2013, 10:01 pm
Ok - so perhaps you can get in touch with the Media Managers of these actors? I so agree! Lovely post and great pictures...gowns are so beautiful. Thanks for standing on your soapbox for this.
Kala says:
January 30, 2013, 8:21 pm
Yes her hair is gooorregous! 40's feel to it. So retro.
Candy says:
January 30, 2013, 10:20 pm
OMG! I literally teared up when I saw the picture of Teyonah. I've never see natural hair styled like that on a major red carpet. Simply fabulous! We've come a long, long way!
Cherry says:
February 4, 2013, 1:06 pm
I love the colors and the natural hair styles!
NUY40+ says:
February 5, 2013, 12:17 pm
Afrobella, thank you so much for this post! I'm in Europe amongst a sizable community of black women from Americas North and South, and while we are completely inundated with the red carpet looks from Hollywood awards season, it is sadly not the case when the focus is on women of color. Usually we only get fashion news related to Rihanna (for the 20's generation) and Beyonce (for the 30's generation), and one can always easily access style information about Academy Award winner Halle Berry (representing 40+, and always a press fixture because she keeps herself highly visible in the EU here doing product endorsements or press for her other projects)---but beyond that, we rarely hear a peep about Tinstletown starlets or other celebrities of color. We essentially have only 3 faces representing the entire collective face and fashion style of celebrities of color here currently, and I would agree that the PR teams of these artists should think of the bigger picture, step up, and tout their clients' horns. When it comes to the level of excellence and achievement of these celebrities, the work that they do is appreciated on a global level (when we are actually allowed to have access to it). It's a shame that audiences who want to know more about these artists, their craft, their style, and want to support them during awards seasons don't have that chance to to lack of info and PR push.
saro says:
February 6, 2013, 1:54 pm
I completely agree, I'm always curious to know what make-up was used on African American actresses on the red carpet and I can never find it! I would really like to know what lipstick Teyonah Parris is wearing. I am Middle-Eastern and am more likely to look at a woman of African descent then European descent for make-up tips and advice. In fact, I found your website years ago when I was looking for why I couldn't pull off the bronzer look (you were right, blush was the key!).
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