Baby WERQ: Quvenzhané Wallis in David Meister

Posted on February 05, 2013

We don’t like to make absolutist statements, but we feel safe in saying, in the long history of Oscars fashion and style…

Quvenzhané Wallis attends the 85th Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California in David Meister.

No one ever WERQ’d a puppy purse quite like Miss Quvenzhané.

And we just love how her puppy purse coordinates with her dress and shoes. When you’re nine, there’s no such thing as being too matchy. Also, when you’re carrying a puppy purse.

Also: that dress is adorable.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • DeebaCee

    Looooove this. Love her!

  • mjude


  • Annabelle Archer

    I love that she has a signature fashion move.  At 9!  Adorable. 

  • dress_up_doll

    Totally adorbs! And I love that she’s rockin’ Shirley Temple curls!

    • e jerry powell

      Oh, you betta recognize.  That shit takes some work on a little black girl.

  • MilaXX

    Love little Miss Q and her never ending collection of puppy purses. She’s adorable.

    • She really is. I love the puppy purses!

    • SassieCassy

      me to!! i hope she continues acting.

      does erm, anyone know how to pronounce her name?

      • Sobaika

        Kwa Venn Jha (or Zsa like Zsa Zsa Gabor) Nay

      • MilaXX

         I  believe she’s making or is slated to start filming a movie with DiNero.

      •  Thank you for asking! And thank you Sobaika for having an answer!

        • Sobaika

          Her nickname is Nazie! This is from an interview she did with Roger Ebert which is worth a watch if you want to squee out of oppressive amounts of cuteness or are interested in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

          • Wait, are you sure you mean Roger Ebert? Because he hasn’t been able to speak for years because of his cancer (he no longer has a jaw, and I don’t recall him doing interviews of any kind since his surgery). Not saying this to be a pest, just wondering which interview you’re referring to because I’d love to see it! She’s so adorable. 

          • Sobaika

            Roger Ebert. The interview was conducted through his computer voice generating thing. Yes, that is the technical term.

          • Oh ok!! That actually makes it even sweeter!! 

          • Please tell me that’s pronounced differently from Nazi. D:

  • Rachel Levine

    I love this.  She is so precious and age appropriate.  The color is also beautiful. Love, Love, Love!

  • i hope she has a puppy purse at the oscars too.  i will be so sad if she doesn’t. 

    •  Oh she surely will!  She was on Ellen recently – I see the last 15 minutes when I get home from work.  And she told Ellen that puppy purses are “her thing.”  I think she already has one for the Oscars!

      • My husband was out of town on business and returned with a puppy purse for our two-year old, which she LOVES. How awesome that this is a bit of a thing. Chandler’s is fabric, kinda quilted. I wonder if Miss Q has one like it.

      • Oh good.  I bet she has her personal favorite that she is saving for the Oscars because he deserves to go that night to share it with her.  I would have if I was 9.  I was very preferential with my stuffed animals.

  • Violina23

    I want to adopt her 🙂 

  • This is so, so sweet. You know she probably picked out that puppy purse and wasn’t leaving the house without it! 

    • Mary229

      That is what I love about it. It’s something someone her age probably would love.

    • alyce1213

      Have you ever seen a French movie called “Small Change” by Truffaut (1976)?  There’s a wonderful scene where a little girl will not leave her house without her ratty, grungy animal purse.  She just won’t budge, winds up staying home and trouble ensues. Your comment made me think of it. Great movie, worth seeing.

      • LJoRey

        Oh yes: “J’ai faim!” I need to watch that movie again.

        • Aw man, I LOVE that movie.  And I felt for that girl.  I bought a tiger purse in England when I was 19 and lemme tell you.  I took it EVERYWHERE.  And the best part was that I made all my guy friends hold it at one point or another.  “I HAVE TO PEE HOLD MY PURSE!”  That fuzzy tiger was my first purse, btw.  I’ve had many since then, and my current purse is a totoro that I refuse to not use.  Not only because he is adorable, but because I can fit a book and a change of clothes in him.

  • the fabric colour is beautiful! love the texture too. Completely adorable!

  • I love that she’s dressing her age! She loves puppies, so she accessories with them. Great! None of this “I’m 9 but going to try to look 16” junk. Great dress and I love her hair.

    • Nicholas

      The movie’s title in some countries is also Hushpuppy, so there is some subliminal advertising going on as well. 🙂

  • capybara_cafe

    She’s adorable <3

  • Little_Olive

    Cute, but I would have hoped for a dressier puppy-purse. Not so toy-like. 

    Oh, and lose the bracelet and change the earrings for posts. 

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      I don’t know, that puppy purse looks pretty dressed-up to me. It’s wearing a tutu and sequins :-). 

      • Seriously. The only way that puppy purse is getting any fancier is if it gets a tiara.

        Oh man oh man now I hope she and her Oscars puppy purse wear matching tiaras so that I can die of cute.

  • Jessi03

    She looks adorable!  I love it!

  • Shelly O as a 9 year old. Hand to God. 

    • Rand Ortega

      President Quvenzhane Wallis– 2053!

      • editrixie

        Crikey, that might actually be something to look forward to.

  • julnyes

    Oh My Glob, she is adorable!

  • Mary229

    What a sweet, beautiful little girl. She was stunning in that film and worthy of the nomination. Can’t wait to see what she does going forward as she grows up.

  • Sobaika


  • I still have one of these purses!!! Love the look! Also the hair.

  • ChiliP

    She is just the cutest thing. Sartorially speaking, that dress is age-appropriate and the color is lovely against her beautiful dark skin, plus the fabric photographs well because of the texture. WERQ indeed!

  • gabbilevy

    Everything about this is win.

  • Jessi03

    You know Zooey Deschanel is foaming at the mouth to rip this entire outfit off of her and wear it with black tights.

  • the purse. it makes the look. my god this is sooooo WERQ worthy.

  • Holy crap that kid is cute.

  • formerlyAnon

    There are adults wishing they’d worn a version of that dress right now, it’s that good.

    And Baby WERQ, indeed. Perfect.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      And I was thinking Anne Hathaway was probably saying to herself “Shit, I shoulda brought MY puppy purse”.

    • EditKitten

      I want it for me!

  • Carrieanno

    She makes me want to rewind (for a day or two) to when my daughter was that age.

  • Love her. She’s SOOOOO cute. Love how she and Kiernan Shipka put the grown up ladies to shame.

  • crash1212

    Love this. She is adorable and has a killer collection of stuffed animal purses. SO cute.

  • SewingSiren

    Very cute from the top to the toe.

  • alyce1213

    Also: the little pink pearl bracelet and earring are killing me, so sweet.  I love her hair.

  • hac51

    My young daughter would gay-gasp at this.  So, so cute!

  • Kimbolina

    So cute!!  And the puppy purse is adorable!

    Oscar night, she will probably upstage a lot of the other stars.  This puts them all to shame.

  • AuntieAnonny

    Michelle Williams is crying in the bathroom.

  • E. D.

    Cute – love her hair!

  • Eva_baby

    Her puppy purses have been giving me LIFE.  I look forward to see which ones she’ll break out next.  

  • My 9 year old is going to want that purse.  I guess she’s not going to see these pictures, huh?  🙂

  • padma sallah

    Oh my. That purse is adorable! As is she. Very adorable.

  • MsBananagrabber

    If I could guarentee that my daughter would be as adorably awesome as Miss Quvenzhané, I might rethink the whole childfree thing!

  • berkeleygirl

    She’s lovely and talented, but the greatest performance by a child actress EVER remains Mara Lobel in Mommie Dearest.  I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the truly great performances on film, period.  The moment when she sits on the bathroom floor, covered in powder cleanser, and says “Jesus Christ” – you can’t teach that. 

    • Rand Ortega

       Mara Hobel?

  • Brigitte Todd

     My four-year old has a puppy purse (Princess Sparkle FYI) very similar to the ones that Quvenzhané has been rocking. I keep hoping that she will break out an identical one to princess sparkle so I can show the kiddo 🙂

  • EditKitten

    The great thing about this dress is that it’s completely appropriate, but if you made an adult version in exactly the same proportions, it would still be a super-cute number. Love it.

  • My daughter would go crazy over that puppy purse (she took her kitty purse to school today.) Too precious.

  • girliecue

    Head-to-toe adorable perfection!

  • Kathy_Marlow

    She’s adorable! 

  • greyhoundgirl

    Puppy purse!  So wonderful!  She looks like a kid, not a little adult.


  • She looks adorable. I love it!

  • SapphoPoet

    Adorbs. Love how the jewels on the dress mirror the shape of her face. The dress is a great color for her, and I love her ballet flats. A fun, age-appropriate outfit. 

  • xmixiex

    Sooo cute.  No idea what she’s done, but cute.

  • Such an adorable little girl.  I really have to see her movie before the Oscars.

    • l_c_ann

      The DVD is available.

      • fursa_saida

        It’s also on Amazon instant video, if that’s a thing anyone here uses (I’m a fan). I dunno about Netflix or anything else in that vein.

  • carolynmo

    Everything here is wonderful. I’ve read that she has many puppy purses and has been giving all of them equal time during awards season. As one should.

  • <3

  • Judy_J

    Too cute! I love how her purse strap is twisted on her shoulder.

    •  Ain’t nobody getting their hands on that purse!

  • Mb

    Can’t wait to see what she wears at the Oscars.

  • <3

  • RedRaven617

    :::sigh::: I hope she doesn’t grow up too fast. Little girls just don’t stay cute enough for very long in this business.

  • filmcricket

    This whole look is made of squeeeee! Her hair is gorgeous and envy-making. The dress is perfect. The puppy purse is adorable. I want to smish her. 

  • That is a gorgeous shade of purple! And oh my lord, I love the puppy purse. 

  • laquevuela

    I want a Quvenzhane doll.

  • gsk241

    My niece is 7 years old, and puppy purses are her thing, too.

    I love this young actress, and think she’s going to be a big star some day.  This is pretty much perfect for her, and I think she looks wonderful!  I look forward to seeing her red carpet looks evolve as she grows up.

  • OMG this puppy purse thing kills me with the cute.

  • I die, right now. So cute!

  • ojosazules

    What little girl wouldn’t be in heaven with the jewels on the dress and that purse?

  • Want this whole look for my 8-year-old.  She’d worship me – for an hour, maybe…

  • Patricia Gillett

    Girl knows how to WERQ the purple!  Let’s hope she keeps her love of such vibrant colors! 

    The neckline on this dress is just too adorable for words. My daughter is going to want this entire ensemble.

  • nancymae

    Look for puppy purses on playgrounds and Sunday Schools around the country any day now!

  • Tamara Hogan

    She looks awesome. Another thing that I notice and really appreciate is that she’s worn those shoes before. 

  • DTLAFamilies

    I can’t stop squeeing over this kid!

  • Zippypie

    O.M.G.  She’s the most adorable thing I’ve seen in ages!!

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    LOVE IT!!!  She is adorable!!!

  • suzq

    Perfect.  I hope that she felt like a princess.  She certainly looked like one. 

    My favorite thing is that this would be an accessible look for any girl her age. 

  • decormaven

    Gorgeous shade of purple on her, and the accessories are age-appropriate and adorable. Baby WERQ!

  • Le_Sigh

    LOVE HUH.  Baby snaps!

  • Want puppy purse. Now. 

  • RzYoung

    Everything about this look is perfect. God bless her, I hope Hollywood doesn’t eff her up.

  • miagain

    She is adorable… just wish I could learn how to pronounce her name!
    There are a lot of actresses out there who could learn a lesson or two from her!

  • Maluca

    Adorable and a half! She’s accessorizing like a true fashionista! 

  • jw_ny

    absolutely adorable.  It’s a really perfect dress for the occasion, great color, well put together look, age appropriate, attention getting without being obnoxious.  She’s set the bar quite high for herself…hoping/expecting many more werqs from her now.  🙂

  • meowing

    Geez, if she were a Girl Scout at my door selling cookies, I’d buy every box!  Adorable.  And since she probably already has made more money than I ever did, I still wish her all the best.  And I covet her puppy purse, old hag that I am.

  • Maggie Smith

    Also her curls are so beautiful I could just die!  Here’s to hoping she’ll continue to love them and not iron them down all the damned time.

  • Cathy S

    She is so cute. Adorable!

  • Dorothy

    Can I have this dress in a grown-up size? I love purple!

    I have special love for her because she’s in a short film a friend of mine made. 

  • Judy_S

    She is just the right age for a “jeweled” bodice. She looks great.

  • Call me Bee

    Indeed, she is adorable as well. 

  • Jennifer Coleman

    So much cuteness! The color of that dress is exquisite with her skin tone.

  • unbornfawn


  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    OMG, I want to put her in my puppy purse and take her home! How sweet and appropriate is that dress? Squeee!

  • marilyn

    This is the style of dresses I have seen the Obama girls wearing.  Perhaps they are starting a trend in their own age group.

    • I was thinking that she could go hang with the Obama girls in that dress!

  • So adorable!

  • L.


  • maggiemaybe

    Oh my gosh. Could she be more adorable?

  • Just wonderful. She looks so pretty–and she looks like she feels pretty. Amazing. 

  • This is quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. You WERQ that puppy purse you fierce baby-queen!

    • Rand Ortega

       “Fierce Baby Queen” has got to be the most awesome endearment I’ve heard in years!

      • Thank you! You know this girl is going to be the fiercest queen in all of Hollywood in 10 years. Adorable, great name, brilliant actress, she’s the whole package.

  • Lilithcat

    She’s adorable!  She looks exactly like what she is:  a nine-year-old going to a party.  And, thank someone (sensible mom?  sensible stylist?), flats!  I hate it when a stylist puts a child in high heels.  

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, my God. That is as cute as it gets. The Shirley Temple curls, the sparkly shoes, the pop bead (?) bracelet, the freaking PUPPY PURSE!!! Perfection.

  • PaperPusher2

    The 9 year old in me wants that puppy purse for herself.  As an almost 38 year old, I still lose my shit over puppy purses, but it’s on behalf of my 5 1/2 year old daughter you understand. 
    She looks perfect. 

  • stubbornthoughts

    Precious as hell.

  • Rand Ortega

    If there isn’t an Oscar for most incredibly adorable, Miss Quvenzhane is proof there should be 1. I’m tearing up she’s so cute.
    PS: “Beasts Of The Southern Wild” is beyond Oscar consideration, it takes filmmaking to an entirely new, unique level.

  • OrigamiRose


    That is all.  She’s adorable and perfect.  I haven’t seen her yet this awards season in anything that made me question taste (or that of her parents/stylist) or age-level.  Would give anything for her or Riva to walk up to the podium on February 24th.

  • lrober03

    This makes me super excited to see what she wears to the Oscars. 

  • How cute is she?! Do I need to see her movie now?

  • another_laura

    Hooray for Boston Terrier purse!  What a great look for her.

  • mmc2315

    Aw!  Adorable!  Perfect!

  • cornpicker73

    love love love!

  • snarkykitten

    She looks age appropriate and yet not childish. Does that make sense? Kiddo looks good! 

  • Oh my lord. I think she kick started my biological clock. She’s a DOLL.

  • Trang Nguyen

    Perfection. Also I want that dress for myself. BADLY. ;(

  • petalfrog

    I feel that this is how I magine Michelle Obama dressing at age 9. She’s been doing a different puppy purse for every award ceremony!

  • kolokOlchik

    That puppy purse is the most adorable thing ever!

  • Ceur

    She is so adorable and ricidulously talented. I’m on the let-me-adopt-you-train as well.

  • RocknRollmom

    Totally a Baby WERQ!  Kudos to parental units/stylist/whoever who let(s) this child be 9.  I also love the fact that her legs look like mine did at 9—banged up, mosquito bite scratch marks/scars.  Those legs are a great indication that this child may actually be having a “normal” childhood at some point when not being filmed or nominated for Oscars. 

  • OMG! Total WERQ! LOL!

  • nannypoo

    Flawless. She looks beautiful and her outfit is perfect for the occasion. I love all the accessories, but of course I love the puppy purse most of all. Her hair looks beautiful and that little touch of lip gloss is just right. 

  • YolandaHawkins

    Baby WERQ indeed!!  She is as sweet as punch!  Love EVERYTHING about her look!  Age appropriate with a touch of whimsy (I adore the puppy purse!!).  No crazy toddler and tiaras make-up, just some lip gloss.  Perfection!   

  • PrunellaV

    This is the classiest use of purple and pink that I have ever seen.

  • imakeart

    I’ve given a puppy purse to all my nieces- and every other special little girl in my life, for that matter.  A pink poodle, a white poodle, a golden retriever, you name it.  I don’t know whose smile is bigger – mine or theirs!  This lady looks fabulous!

  • Super_Red

    so this is what it feels like when ovaries start screaming. 

    this little darling is perfection. Absolute perfection. love. it. 

  • MzzPants

     Awwww!  She’s cute as a bug and you’re the best gay uncles ever.

  • I LOVE her Shirley Temple curls

  • Ow, my ovaries!

  • I don’t know who this little baby is, but she’s as lovely as the spring.  BABY WERQ IT!

  • Peeve

    I think she is the picture of adorable. I’ve seen her in a couple of interviews, and she’s so charming and normal. I find myself hoping that Hollywood won’t wreck that…

  • pookiesmom

    OMG, so freaking cute!!!!!

  • Anniebet

    Perfection. I hope the pearls in the pink bracelet are real – the jewelry designers should be falling all over themselves to lend her some pretty things. Pretty things for a pretty fabulous girl.

  • Such a doll. And a wonderful actor.

  • libraangel

    You vogue it, baby doll! You look so fab!

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Soo cute! 

  • barbarienne

    Wow, isn’t she the cutest thing!

  • butterflysunita

    I want a puppy purse!  Wonder where she gets them.  

  • LittleKarnak

    I just love that she looks like a little girl!!

    • Lilak

      Indeed.  And my favorite “little girl” thing about her ensemble is a little thing:  With a lot going on already (vivid colors + lots of shiny and sparkly stuff), she added the pale pink pearl bracelet.  That just melted my heart!

  • JaneDC

    So sweet. She’s pretty and comfortable and knows she looks special.

    • Pennymac


  • bitchybitchybitchy

    That dress, that child, and that purse are totally adorable.

  • PeaceBang

    This puppy purse thing is the cutest ever. That is all. 

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Best Look EVER!

  • shelley514

    That dress is gorgeous, and that puppy purse is as cute as Quvenzhane.  Baby WERQ indeed!

  • sarahmichelef

    She is simply too delicious for words.

  • guest2visits

    Very cute!  And a sequined puppy!

  • Alyssa

    Love her & her puppy purses!