Lupita Nyong’o 99.9999 % of the time knocks her red carpet looks right out of the park. Seriously. Whether it’s the color of her gown, or the perfect styling of her hair, the Kenyan beauty has mastered landing on best dressed lists.
But on Monday night, the actress was slammed for her choice of hairstyle to the 2016 Met Gala. The 30-year-old, who donned a beautiful green Calvin Klein dress, sported a hairdo that many couldn’t quite understand.
Sure the theme was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” but the towering “Whoville” hairstyle didn’t exactly sit well with critics. But the 12 Years a Slave star would now like us all to know that the inspiration behind the look was more than just an attempt to fit a theme.
The actress took to Instagram on Tuesday and shared a video revealing that the hairstyle was in efforts to pay tribute to her African heritage. When asked by Vogue’s André Leon Talley while at the event what inspired the look, Nyong’o responded, “The sculptural hairdos from all around the world.”
She also admitted that Nina Simone was “an inspiration as well.”
According to assistant professor of journalism at Temple University, Lori Tharps, sculptural hairdos often represent background, status and wealth. “There’s that sense of adornment, but it can have meaning,” she said.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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