WERQ: Gabrielle Union in Hervé L. Leroux

Posted on January 23, 2013


Gabrielle Union attends the Inaugural Ball hosted by BET Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC in Hervé L. Leroux.

Just beautiful, That color looks amazing on her, the shape is flattering as hell (not that she needed the help) and she’s exquisitely diamond’d up for the occasion. The face is perfection. Obviously she’s wearing makeup, but she looks fresh and not too painted. Beautiful job by her makeup artist. The hair is just okay. We don’t dislike it enough to withhold our love.

Beauty snaps, girl. You WERQ that inaugural shit.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Awesome.  🙂

  • I LOVE her makeup. I think people and celebs should strive for this more frequently.

    • Funkykatt

      I agree, she’s showing what’s real instead of what always looks overdone and fake. Just what a natural beauty should do.

      • Alyssa Stanfield

        Absolutely! When you have a face like that, why would you want to cover it up in layers of makeup? She looks the best I’ve seen her look in quite some time!

    • DaringMiss

      Absolutely.  Her face is properly accented to show up for cameras and bright lights, yet will probably look just as gorgeous when someone is standing 3 feet from her at the ball.

      And that color is just beyond perfect!

  • alyce1213

    Gasp. Just gorgeous. That dress is so beautifully constructed, and that shade of purple is amazing on her. I see that the lining (underskirt) stops above the knee, which I don’t always like so much, but this is understated because the fabric is not super sheer. A WERQ for sure.

  • 3boysful

    Amazing how much better a Wilma dress looks with the addition of a wide strap. 

    Gaby looks simply stunning and classy.

  • Judy_J


  • My gay gasp is shaking the rafters. She looks SICK-O-NING.

  • Deducting a fraction of a point because the lining doesn’t go the whole way down. But what a beautiful colour dress.

  • Kayceed

    Beautiful, youthful, appropriate, elegant. Everything is spot on.

    • lovelyivy

       Agreed- and she is 40!!!! I still can’t get past the fact that she is 40 and looks like that.

      • dorothea_brooke

        40 and she still could play a cheerleader.  (Runs to my room and slams the door.  Hard.)  

        • lovelyivy

          My reaction was similar, but more like “run to sephora and buy lots of moisturizer and sunscreen then stare longingly at empty wallet”

      • Dot

         Holy hell…she IS 40. I’m amazed.

      • another_laura

        I’m gobsmacked that she is 40.  Bravo, girl, bravo.

  • Sobaika

    BEAUTIFUL. I also want to applaud her jewelry. Diamonds belong on the red carpet!

  • mjude

    i really like the dress.  she looks just lovely

  • Vaniljekjeks

     UNF.  Fabulous.

  • decormaven

    WERQ’ing it for sure. Snaps!

  • Introspective

    she’s so fab it hurts. this look is stunning.

  • Airkisses

    My thought process upon seeing this:

    Wow, she looks beautiful! Wait, she IS pretty beautiful anyway. Aha! The perfect example of clothes highlighting a woman’s natural beauty! It flatters her shape, her face, her skin, and doesn’t give a single thing to complain about. Why isn’t this a WERQ!???

    • Isadora Paiva

      Hmm, because it is?

  • SewingSiren


  • Airkisses

     It all adds instead of detracts! Think of how many naturally gorgeous celebs are done wrong by their clothes.

  • ejsesqueer

    I’m not sure about the fabric cascading from her lady parts.  Amanda Seyfreid had a similar vagina veil at the golden globes.  Not my favorite

    • Sara__B

       Since the cascading fabric originates at the top of the gown, I don’t mind it. The cascades that start right at the lady parts? Those I hate!

    • Dot

       How is this a “vagina veil”? The pleating/cascade begin all the way at the top of the gown — not on top of her vagina.

  • PeggyOC

    I’d like just a scooch more color on the lip, but that may be a nit-pick.  The look is indeed flawless.

  • I wish she just had a little bit of color on her lips.  In the smiling pic, her top lip kind of disappears.  Other than that, GORGEOUS! 

  • formerlyAnon

    Total WERQ!

  • Sara__B

    Sexy but elegant! Not skin tight! I love this.

  • lilibetp

    Gabriel is one of the most beautiful women in the world.  Absolute perfection.

  • Everything about this look is gorgeous.

  • gabbilevy

    Gorgeous woman wearing a dress that’s letting her shine. Perfection.

  • f_yeah_marie


  • Annabelle Archer

    C’est magnifique!

  • sk8tfan

    Perfection. And her smile is the perfect accessory.

  • Dot

    She looks effortless and gorgeous — that shade of purple is simply stunning on her. Makeup is super fresh!

  • Monday1900

    She looks great but I think the visible zipper cheapens the look.

    • Melissa Brogan

       I agree, I kinda hate the zipper. BUT from the front she looks stellar. Love her.

      • SRQkitten

        The time has really come for the exposed zipper trend to be done. Not to return for a couple of decades.


  • mhleta

    That’s how it’s done. Frozen premenopausal lady snaps coming at her from New England.

  • filmcricket

    I’m not wild about the under-skirt, the exposed zipper, or the way the fabric appears to be bunching around her hips, but there’s no doubt it’s a gorgeous colour on an even more gorgeous woman. This lady does not age. I would like to know what landscaper installed the fountain of youth in her backyard, and if she will give me his number.

  • Jenna621

    I think she is easily one of the most beautiful people in Hollywood.  She almost always looks like perfection.

  • MilaXX

    Agreed this is a Werq in my eyes. Love that color.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Tasteful, appropriate and oh, so elegant. Huzzah, lady!

  • Trisha26


  • BrooklynBomber

    She’s so cute. And I don’t love the dress, but it looks great on her. Total WERQ, right down to hair, make up, and accessories.

  • nannypoo

    No kidding. Flawless in every way.

  • I adore her make-up. And everything about this look, really. But her make-up is so gorgeous it deserves noting.

  • Love everything about the whole look ‘cept for how obvious that back zipper is. Makes is look cheap prom dress.

  • ballerinawithagun

    She is so cute! Just divine.

  • E. D.


  • she’s just so pretty!!

  • Holy shit that’s a gorgeous woman.

  • After Halle’s desperate turn at the Golden Globes, I’m ready to declare a new Most Beautiful Black Woman. Gabrielle is a strong contender for the crown, provided she and her hairstylist agree to ease up a little on the Yaki.

  • Patricia Gillett


  • SophieCollier

    Her face is radiant!  Gorgeous!  Love the dress detail on the front.  The back is just meh, but it’s the back, so who cares?  Her hair is sweet.

  • Call me Bee

    She has always been a stunning beauty–ever since her “Bring It On” days and she is radient here.  WERQ, indeed. 

  • She looks  like she can be 20! I love this outfit, and Union is gorgeous to a tee. But somehow I feel that it’s presented in a boring way (maybe a necklace?).

  • jw_ny

    gorgeous!  I <3 her.  I love it all and even the kinda messy do.

  • I love her. Why isn’t she the biggest star ever? She’s smart, talented, tough, awesome, and gorgeous.

  • CanNOT believe she’s 40, that face still says 20s to me!

  • She was in Bring It On; yes?  She’s gorgeous and she can’t be un-gorgeous because of how gorgeous she is.  🙂

  • RzYoung

    TLo and Gabrielle sittin’ in a tree, 

  • Stupidly beautiful.  Not fair.

  • Tatiana Luján

    a very well deserved WERQ. I like the hair, I thin it looks soft and pretty without being basset houndish.

  • mmc2315

    I’m usually not a fan of that kind of asymmetrical neckline, but this WERQs for me.  

    Make-up, dress color, even the hair…lovely.

  • warnerave

    it’s nice but not WERQ worthy

  • BPlease

    She looks amazing – that makeup is spectacular.  People say this about other celebrities but Gabrielle Union truly doesn’t seem to age.  (Second runner-up IMO in this category is Julia Louis-Dreyfus.)

    I also love how *appropriate* she looks – flawlessly beautiful and thus eye-catching, but tasteful and chic as hell.  Take note, Beyonce.

    • UglyTalents

      Wow. Though I hear the name and see her picture sometime, I don’t really know who this actress is … but I was thinking that that was because she was some Nickolodeon or Disney Channel starlet (off my radar) just getting into her 20s. This woman is 40?! 40?!!!! She looks incredible.

  • Jessica Goldstein

    I even love the hair: soft, pretty, not too “done”. This look is literally picture perfect. 

  • julnyes

    Simply gorgeous. The styling and make-up are just highlighting her natural assets.

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful dress, she looks fantastic.

  • barbarienne

    She is so stunning. I fully expect her to get cast as Shelly O in a biopic in 2017.

  • WHOA.

    That color!

  • shelley514

    She’s serving up her cutie pie, but boring side in this.