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.