WERQ: Teyonah Parris in J. Loren

Posted on March 21, 2013

This GURL is on fire:

Teyonah Parris attends the premiere of AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 in Los Angeles, California in a J. Loren dress paired with London Trash sandals and Rocco jewelry.

Before we get to the hosannas, a reminder, in case you don’t recognize the name:


The right style can do amazing things, can it not? Also: makeup is magical.

Okay, back to the present day:


This is absolutely a case of Girl, That is YOUR Look and YOUR look ONLY. We really can’t think of anyone who can pull this look off and on another lady, we might have some quibbles  (like the focus-pulling shoes and mid-calf-hem). But this all comes together so stunningly that all we can do is fall back on what escaped our lips upon first viewing her:


Love the dress, love the jewelry, love the makeup, and the hair is GIVING US LIFE. But most of all, we love it that she brought great, unique style to the red carpet, while firmly planting her flag away from the cookie-cutter girls. Gurl, you WERQ that “I’M RIGHT HERE, BITCHES” look for all its worth. Clear-the-room SNAPS of DECLARATION.

It is just SO NICE to see someone doing something a little different on the red carpet, no?



[Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images – Stills: tomandlorenzo.com]

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  • Introspective

    face is stunning, dress fits her curves to perfection, and the shoes are killah. hair is a bit much for me but she’s so striking that I cant care about that too much. bitch is fierce and she knows it.

  • Sobaika

    W E R Q

    She is so beautiful!

  • bxbourgie

    STUNNING! Absolutely stunning! Love the eyes. I hope to see more of her in the coming season. Werk Teyonah!

  • PastryGoddess


    Snaps of repect

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Don’t really love the hair, but the dress and jewelry and make-up and everything else are amazing! Love it!

  • And I have to say, I simply LOVE that she was at the premiere, Dawn is a character that deserves continuity. Only wish they had included her in the promo pics…

  • Susan Collier

    Love it!

  • gabbilevy

    150% WERQ. Teyonah Parris just became a household name. In my house anyway. Damn girl.

  • Schmidty

    that FACE! She knows she looks incredible.

  • urbanamish

    that’s DAWN?!?

  • MilaXX

    YES!!! She caught my eye during the awards show when the natural hair bloggers were asking who did her hair and how. The person who did her hair explained how and I’ve been checking Teyonnah since. This is most definitely a WERQ for me.

    • Lizzyisi

      The hairstylist must be aces! I’d love to see a film of the styling session–hairdressing is so interesting to me. Her hair is amazing–it manages to be costumey and ridiculous at the same time that it is stunning, flattering and perfectly in line with the dress.

      • jetpackdino

        I’m starting to come around on that hair. The more I look at it the more I say yes.

      • MilaXX

        google her. She does amazing AA hair. I’m thinking of attending a workshop she is giving at the Natural Hair show in Philly.

        • nancymae

          Do you know if she’s coming to any natural hair shows in the Bay Area?

          • MilaXX

            You could check her FB page, I’m not sure.

        • nobodylikesmilhouse

          Sorry, misread who you were talking about.

    • My TL had pics of that fauxhawk in the purple for a solid 48 hours after she walked down the red carpet- gorgeous, gorgeous look.

    • She is making me want to grow out my relaxer.

    • That is definitely a hot hair look. I would love to put my dreds up in something funky like that.

      • MilaXX

        chescalocs on youtube does great tuts

    • nancymae

      Thanks for the hairstylist info. Which blog interviewed her??

      • MilaXX

        someone asked on twitter

      • MilaXX

        correction. Afrobella sis a post after the SAG awards and got the breakdown on how the style was done.

    • libraangel

      I like Solange’s TRUE natural hair

      • MilaXX

        Solange wear wigs half the time and this is all Teyonnah’s hair.

        • libraangel

          don’t think so: that’s Solange’s beautiful, natural Fro!

          • MilaXX

            not every picture, and she admits to wearing wigs, but whatever boo.

  • Missy Covington

    Wow! They somehow manage to age her by at least 10 years on the show.

    I personally could have done with a few inches off the hem, but she looks fabulous.

    • AnaRoW

      Really? I think she looks younger on the show.

      • Missy Covington

        Maybe the lack of makeup? I dunno, I think the hair and outfit is aging and the lack of eye-makeup pushes her toward middle-ageish on the show.

  • She is utterly radiant!!!!!

  • ashtangajunkie

    WOW! I love the entire look, but that hair is amazing.

  • CPK1

    love it! She looks fab. Her make-up is beautiful. Unlike the sandblasting effect we have seen on other redcarpet attendees

  • Apocalipstick Now Redux

    That’s a giant hair covered football glued to her head.

    • Apocalipstick Now Redux

      Replying to myself because I realized it’s almost Easter. It’s not a football, it’s an oversized Cadbury egg.

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

        I don’t understand why people “vote down” a comment. It sortof does look like a football and usually I don’t like that look but for some reason, I feel it works on her in this particular setting.

        • roadtrip1000

          I don’t understand it either. I really wish that the “vote down” feature didn’t exist. If someone agrees with a statement it doesn’t really need an explanation. But if someone disagrees then a written response would make more sense and add to the conversation. One of the many things that I love about this blog is that the BKs’ responses generally convey a friendly conversational tone even when disagreeing. The “vote down” button represents the opposite at worst and contributes little at best. IMHO

  • Now *that* is a way to get yourself Googled. Because there are going to be a whole lot of people going “Wow! Who is this stunning woman?”

    Well played, lesser known, up and coming actress, well played.

    • aeb1986

      i never realized how STUNNING she is!! wow is right! WERQ

  • Monday1900

    She looks great but I think this almost looks like a costume. The hairdo is very strange too.

  • jetpackdino

    I am undecided on the hair and nails, but that’s her dress.

    Her smile is amazing! She’s looking through the camera and brightening up my day.

  • Wow, did not recognize her at all! That dress is pretty killer.

  • Janet B

    Her smile seals the deal. Gorgeous.

  • Kyle Crawford

    A top 10 WERQ ever!

    • Kyle Crawford

      It is sort of amazing that she is so much younger in ” real life “….

  • Alyssa

    I agree, it is so nice to see someone doing something different on the carpet! That is a very “Look At Me” look, and she is owning it!

  • Jennifer Coleman

    That is all.

  • Qitkat

    Well, you can say it’s hair; I say it’s halfway to Buckingham Palace Royal Guard.

    • Qitkat

      But it’s still a werq 😉

  • RebeccaKW

    Sheer side panels that I actually like? She’s beautiful.

  • Indigo54

    She’s da bomb! Love, love, love all of it!

  • Le_Sigh

    WOW! Killa killa killa!

  • WOW. Gorgeous. (eh hem JJ, THIS is how you make sure people don’t confuse you with your character without being cracktastic about it)

    • sojourneryouth

      Thank you! Teyonah clearly knows how to work her unique beauty, and has a hair stylist who must be paid in small platinum disks. Seriously, that woman is a genius! January doesn’t seem to know what looks best on her, ever.

  • mellbell

    The pattern reminds me of the carpet you would see in the lobby of a five-star hotel (and I mean that in the best possible way).

  • Anniebet

    Everything but the hair. Sorry, but that hair needs it’s own zip code…or a taxidermist.

    • MK03

      From head-on, it kind of looks like a, erm…Weiner.

  • miagain

    You left out the best part… that mega watt smile!! She knows she looks like a million bucks!!

    • surfergirl70

      Seriously — that smile is incredible.

  • anotherkate

    She looks amazing. And thanks for the screen shots–when I first clicked over I was wondering if she’s a new character they’re introducing, that’s how different she looks! I LOVE the beehive, and she’s making that dress her bitch. Also I love her toenail color.

  • carolynmo

    Jaw-dropping gorgeous. This is utter perfection. Man, I want that dress.

  • Wow! She snatched off everyone’s wig on the red carpet with this look. Do it Girl! Luvs.

  • filmcricket

    What a stunning young woman. She’s lucky in that she is somewhat apple-cheeked, yet that mega-watt smile doesn’t make her eyes disappear.

    I’m not totally sold on the length of the dress, but otherwise this is beyond spectacular.

  • Anathema_Device

    Love how happy she looks. That dress could have one element too many for most women, but she rocks it. Not a total fan of hair hats, but it does add that quirkiness to the look.

  • AnaRoW

    I love the overall look but, weirdly, not the individual parts. Even though I’m not crazy about the style, I LOVE her hair. It was my goal to have hair like hers when I went natural but I never got anywhere close.

  • I love it when black women in the industry show how awesome and creative (and architectural) natural hair can be. Certainly a welcome and refreshing change from the messy “bun/pony/updo” trend that, as far as I’m concerned, can go far FAR away.

    Her dress, her hair, her makeup, even the shoes- just BRING IT.

    • JasmineAM

      Ah, I’m black but with curly/wavy hair and I am jealous of girls with kinkier hair. So much more versatile, in my opinion at least.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    WOW I can’t really believe that’s the same woman, she looks completely different! Dress for me is an 8 (the print is off center and the leather ric rac at the top is one embellishment too many) but the overall look is “Yeah you know you’re looking at me” without trying to be attention getting. Hope to see more RC looks from her!!

  • Wendi126

    Everything is gorgeous but I must say the very first pic caused my brain to see Marge Simpson

  • I. WANT! Her. Eyebrows.

    She looks fantastic and while I’m not normally a fan of a hairdo wherein at first glance I can’t decide if it’s a hairdo or a fascinator perched on her head, in this case it works. Kudos for absolutely following the injunction of Polonius: This above all, to thine own self be true.

    Now tell me what we can expect from Mad Men this coming season. Thanks! PS: the nail color is perfect, too.

  • SewingSiren

    Love every single little bit of this. Especially the hair. IN. WERQ.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Normally, I do NOT like those sandals. On her, they are perfect. Normally, I would hate the “Cake of Hair on the Head” hairstyle. On her – it looks like she invented it. The design of the dress, the makeup, her skin tone, her smile, it all just works and works well. And look at her sweet face. You can tell she feels so beautiful. Good for her!

  • Doesn’t even look like the same person! Wow! WERQ!

  • Iris

    Loved everything about her… except the hair.

  • Christiane Truelove

    I love this look, I really do. But I’d be so much happier with it if the front panel of the dress were actually centered. With a dress as expensive as you know that one must be, sloppy execution is a CRIME.

    • susan6

      I’m pretty sure the asymmetry is deliberate. And kudos to the hairdresser for giving that asymmetry a nod. (I assume the hairdresser knew what dress was being worn and designed a style to complement it.)

      • barbarienne

        Really? It doesn’t look at all deliberate to me. Everything is too close to properly centered, except the front panel. It’s killing me.

  • Very stunning and it is nice to see something unexpected so you can you use different adjectives other than “nice” or “boring”. I do find the hair completely distracting from the dress as it looks like a very large mole that needs to be removed, but other than that.. very, very awesome.

  • VicksieDo

    I hate that dress. Upholstery!

  • sylverlight

    That dress is killer, her smile & makeup flawless, and I’m actually coveting those shoes (but to wear w/ jeans…). That said, I HATE THAT HAIR with a burning, flaming passion. Truly. Despise it.

  • teensmom99

    Wow. And a minor point but when you look at the Mad Men photos you can see how some styles are aging–she looks around 15 years younger than her character.

    • roadtrip1000

      Plus the character of Dawn dresses to conform and blend in, while Teyonah is dressing to wow. It’s the sartorial expression of the difference between suppressing ones feelings and experiencing joy, which speaks to the power of clothes.

  • Gorgeous. This is just so perfect. Snaps up. On anyone else this would be too much but on her, it freaking SINGs. I can’t even find the right words to explain how much I love this, except – WERQ.

    (Also, I wish Janelle Monae would dress like this. I know she had a very personal purpose in her uniform, but this look – down to the hair – hearkens to Monae’s style.)

    Also – I hope this means we’ll see more of Dawn this season. She had a presence not unlike Megan’s when Megan was a secretary, but with more strength and maturity behind it.

  • Love that big smile! Like she KNOWS she’s working it!

  • Rand Ortega

    JESUS PALOMINO! This has to be 1 of the best RC looks EVER! It’s original, elegant, sexy, funky & fun. The Janelle Monae hair is giving me life, love, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Her stylists should be awarded Medals of Valor. Can’t wait to see what this young lady’s next fashion move will be.

  • julnyes

    This is a case that all the elements separately might not work, but brought together on the right woman they become a WERQ. She looks amazing.

  • The asymmetry of the print is driving me crazy. I hate that! But she is totally owning that look! WERQ indeed!

    • Anniebet

      Dang, I hadn’t noticed. Now I cannot unsee.

  • Awesome!

  • Zaftiguana

    Way to seize her fucking moment! She looks amazing, and I hope people are sitting up and paying attention. One of my biggest hopes for this season is that they really do something with Dawn.

  • Snailstsichr

    The only part of this outfit I could get away with is the nail polish color, so I’m totally stealing it this weekend. The rest of the look is best left to professionals – and I believe Teyonah has nailed it!

  • marilyn

    She looks great! The dress is interesting. The print on the front should make it difficult for a curvy girl to wear, but the black strips ‘fill in the blanks’ and make it work. Kudos on the dress. I am not sure about the crooked hair, but it is a small thing.

  • Wow, she looks fantastic! Way to get noticed! Go girl.

  • Nicholas

    Did anyone here not snap their fingers at this?

  • librarygrrl64

    The definition of fierce. LOVE IT!!!

  • formerlyAnon

    This is a WERQ+ if such a thing exists.

    Her hair is inspired – it actually improves the dress (which didn’t need improving), and that’s something so rare on the red carpet, or anywhere. Props to her hairdresser and double props to her for wearing a hairstyle a little bolder than the norm.

  • I can’t quite get on board with those shoes, but the rest is amazing! And I love her pedi – that’s a pretty color for Spring.

  • Imasewsure

    Don’t like the hair but I respect it. Fun when you can transform on the RC too.. WERQ

  • EEKstl

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! And loving that “tangerine” is in for Spring for nails. I have nothing but snaps for her.

  • Miss Teyona Parris has the quintessential it. This is phenomenal, really. As close to perfection as we mere mortals get.

  • libraangel

    Yes, gorgeous, but can’t get behind you with the nest on her head.

  • Eva_baby

    It is so funny because outside of Kiernan Shipka & Elizabeth Moss, so many of the MM ladies have a hard time transitioning from their somewhat iconic 50s/60s looks to something that works equally well for them on the RC for their present day look. But Man, Teyonah flipped the script up-down-backwards and sideways. She disappears as Dawn but this looks is like Fiyah! Love it. One of the best, complete RC looks I’ve seen in a long time, head to toe!

  • MoHub

    Turtle belly!

  • Pterodactyl111

    Amazing!! I wish I could do that with my hair.

  • Can she be the star of the show? She is my new icon.

  • ConnieBV

    Jada, girl, this bitch is coming for you!

  • WOW!

  • LOVE this.

  • It’s a fantastic dress, though the pattern looks exactly like the linoleum in my kitchen in 1987.

  • warnerave

    the girl is serving some attitude..werq!

  • Love most of the look…. hate the hair.

  • CeeQ

    oh hell yes, this is gorgeous! head to toe, just FAB.

  • There aren’t enough words to say how much I love this. FABULOUS.

  • BaddestMotherEver

    I can’t believe that’s the same person!

  • VioletFem

    She is hitting every note perfectly! I love it when AA actresses rock their natural hair. (especially those with kinky/curly hair). More of this please!

  • GURL!

    Fabulous + knowing it = WERQ.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She does look fabulous. Thanks for the look-back at Dawn so now I don’t have to look that up. What a difference.

  • barbarienne

    I admit I am completely distracted by the poor centering of the pattern, causing unintended asymmetry and titscrepancy. That she still manages to look so spectacular is a real testament to her.

  • LaSylphide

    That smile is a WERQ on its own.

  • fauxhawk

    Hell, she probably looks so much better because she’s actually living in present-day times instead of in our oppressive past. She looks fantastic! What a smile.

  • fws

    Absolutely perfect from top to bottom. Just STUNNING.

  • Get the fuck out!! Well done, Dawn!!

  • Mistie Holler

    You guys… this is NOT a WERQ.

    It’s an uber-WERQ. It’s probably the best look I’ve ever seen on the RC. I hope she wins TLo’s Best Look of 2013 at the end of the year.

    It’s lifted me out of the existential pit of melancholy that Jessica Biel’s crocheted pants wearing Victorian missionary look threw me into.

    • Mistie Holler

      …and I just want to add that even her nails are perfect.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Dayum, you go Teyonah! Can’t wait for my fro to be long enough to try this ridiculously awesome natural hairstyle.

  • I’m a gay man, but I must say that her posterior is truly breathtaking. It’s so perfect, it could be used to calibrate scientific equipment.


  • Mazenderan

    Wow – she looks fabulous.

  • oohsparkley!

    Amen! You said it Tlo.

  • PrunellaV

    She looks fabulous, but the hair looks a little Gumby.

  • Not just different but differnt and so well done. WERQ worthy indeed!

  • She is GORGEOUS!!!! A great body, and style beyond compare!!! The dress is amazing…LOVE, LOVE LOOOOOVE!

  • nancymae

    HER HAIR. I DIE. And pray to god that I can get my TWA to grow to such heights of fierceness.

  • “dont know who she is, but she looks great.”

    *scrolling down*

    “WOAH. its dawn!”

    seriously, she looks great. she makes sheer side panels look not tacky! (“untacked”?)


    Also, the only person I’ve seen who pulls off sheer panels without looking tacky or Icecapades.

  • TropiCarla

    Whew! So inspiring. You better do the damn thing, gurl!
    Sometimes we natural ladies need a little encouragement. This was a helluva shot in the arm!

  • thelovelydove

    HOT DAMN. She’s making that crazy honeycomb dress sing!

  • MissAmynae

    speechless. i got nothing but nods and snaps.

  • werkuh werkuh werkuh

  • Iroqhard

    This whole look is fabulous, and she MAKES IT with how confident she looks. GOR-GEOUS. I love the hair- being a white girl with stick straight, fine hair, I have to beat it within an inch of its life to get it some damn body. I look with wistful resignation at architechural hair (that is totally not spelled right). Simply stunning. It is one of the best RC looks thus far this year. WERQ it girl!

  • Once in a great while, that hem length works perfectly; this is one such occasion.

  • shanteUstay

    Darling every woman looks Fabulous with a smile, but hers is down right infectious 😀

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  • kathrineb

    Don’t like the hair.

  • red

    yes but “doing something a little different on the red carpet” must be done with aplomb, no? Not just any old crazy, off the wall, ‘look at me, i’m so unique’ type of thang. And I must say, this one is doing it right!