Angela Bassett at The Paley Center for Media’s 2013 Benefit Gala

Posted on October 17, 2013

As we indicated in our American Horror Story review this morning, Miss Angela looks absolutely stunning in a turban. But really, that’s kind of a no-brainer when you look at her bone structure. But did you also know she can rock skinny leather pants? Really skinny ones?


“American Horror Story” star Angela Bassett attends The Paley Center for Media’s 2013 Benefit Gala Honoring FX Networks with the Paley Prize for Innovation and Excellence at Fox Studio Lot in Century City, California.

Now you do.

We have to say, we seriously dig this. It’s sexy and fierce, but it’s also got quite a bit of edge to it. We’re not sure the jacket and the shirt are very friendly to each other, but we appreciate how different this is from the normal red carpet fare, and how good she looks in it.

Love the necklace.





[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans/, Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images]

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  • veronicafish

    Bitch is fabulous.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Amen to that.

    • Ms_Flyover

      3 words: Portrait in attic.

    • BayTampaBay

      BITCH DOES NOT AGE!!! Now I now why she is playing an immortal beautiful voodoo witch on AHS: Coven…because she is one!

    • decormaven


  • I think she worked some voodoo back when playing Ms. Tina Turner. She kept a piece of that immortality that Tina is known for and is working it for herself. Damn, Ms. Bassett, day-um.

  • Random Compliments

    I want what she’s having.

  • carlaaxtman


    • Rand Ortega

      My DNA just shot itself.

      • sagecreek

        ME, too. When, oh when, will sturdy peasant stock become “the look”?

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      HATE HER. But only because I secretly love her. Hate her for being six years older than me and looking smoking hot. Love her for being six years older than me and looking smoking hot. It’s a conundrum!

  • alyce1213

    I love her face, I love her jacket, I love her talent, but please don’t tell me those tight leather pants look good. They’re pulling and drawing all over the place, and they do not flatter. Also wrong shoes.

  • lexilexi

    I thought that necklace was a tattoo.

    • Sly

      So did i! I had to stare at it for a good five minutes to tell!

  • Dan_In_NYC

    She is fierce. And I love the look. AND that is totally Halle Berry’s wig.

  • I think this would be a little bit fiercer if the shirt were shorter and less billowy. She looks terrific!

    • NoveltyRocker

      I thought the same and it’d likely lengthen the legs in a nice way too. Still doesn’t subtract all that much from the overall affect for me, she looks current in a totally easy way.

  • Sarah

    The shirt is a leeetle bit chefwear for me. But she is lovely. I wish the necklace was bigger and went over the neckline to break that white up.

  • another_laura

    I do not love that particular white shirt / jacket combo.

    I love her hair and the whole is better than the sum of its parts in this case.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I may want to cut myself on Benedict’s cheekbones, but I want to kneel down and Worship Angela’s. She is just spectacular.

  • oyeyemi808

    Damn she looks great!

  • RL McGruder

    God, she looks great. I actually think those shoes are making this sing, and allowing me to ignore the billowy shirt.

    And, she can get at me with that necklace.

  • She’d look amazing in a white mohawk. *Comic book fan girl dreams…*

    • Adriana_Paula

      Now see, SHE would have been a great Storm.

      • It’s the greatest miscast ever. I had been rooting for that cast since the limo scene in “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”

  • Denise Alden

    I believe this is known as SHUTTING IT THE HELL DOWN.

  • MilaXX

    Bow Down realness!

  • ccinnc

    Love it all. Want to look like her. WERQ IMHO.

  • WitlessExposition

    So we cut our cable cord. This is the first time I’ve missed it. Anyone know where AHS is streaming?

    • I bought it on Amazon Instant. I had to since we’ve gone cable free. No way I could miss AHS!

      • WitlessExposition

        Thanks! I’ll wind up caving and getting it. Really don’t want to get spoiled fore it comes to Netflix!

  • Trickytrisha

    Wow, that’s how you wear short hair. It looks angry and delicate at the same time. She’s perfect.

  • Imasewsure

    I don’t really love the hair but it’s fun and edgy so I can deal. Love that jacket… not a fan of leather pants but she is rocking those

  • Synnae

    I want this whole outfit in my wardrobe NOW! That’s all.

  • nannypoo

    I don’t think I ever realized how fabulous she is.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Beyond words.

  • manina

    Everything looks good, edgy and comfortable at the same time. Love the necklace, what a great idea.

  • TerryMarie

    That necklace is amazing! Anyone know who made it?

    • Kristin McNamara

      It reminds me of the 3D printed necklaces Justin made for his PR finale collection! They’re amazing. And only further fuel my love of 3D printing 🙂

    • Snowbabie

      They have the exact same necklace on Amazon. I just ordered one in gold last week so I was thrilled to see it on her 🙂 They have it in black, silver, or gold.

      • Stella Zawistowski


    • Stella Zawistowski

      Seriously. Tell me where I can get one and nobody gets hurt.

  • CeeQ

    Killing it.

  • Adriana_Paula

    That necklace has warped my fragile little mind.

  • formerlyAnon

    I will confess that the other-worldly youthfulness of her face, her amazing good looks AND the impression she gives (or at least, that I get) that she’s done as much listening as talking in her years and would have interesting things to *say,* makes it unusually hard for me to leave her face to notice the clothes. Which look good, though I am quite enthusiastic waist up and only mildly approving waist down.

  • ashtangajunkie

    She always looks so bad ass.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I’d probably pass out from the fabulousness if I saw her in person in that.

  • tixilyttik

    I believe the word is so overused, but this is the time to use it.
    FIERCE. Just.

  • sunflower

    Her skin is incredible! The proportions of her outfit are weird, but whatever, she’s a goddess!

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Wowzers! She is smokin!

  • Lanus


  • jilly_d

    LIKE. A. BOSS.

  • little_miss_strange

    She looks fucking awesome even without the turban.

  • superemang

    i want that necklace!

  • Love everything about this.

  • Trisha26

    Not crazy about the shirt but the rest is fab. And that necklace – it looks like a tattoo!

  • quiltrx

    Her hair GIVES ME LIFE! I wish mine would stand up like that. 🙂
    And that necklace…there are no words. I know it wouldn’t fit around my fat neck, but maybe seeing it hanging by the mirror every day would be good weight loss motivation.

  • crash1212


  • Jacob Bowen

    Shirt feels like she has a fabulous v-neck chef’s apron on (which I would LOVE) and was rushing so fast to get out of the house that she just threw a jacket over it. BUT, that hair gives me LIFE!

  • Little_Olive

    Halle, dear, THIS is what grown-up sexy looks like.

    • Lisa Hager


  • marlie

    I love everything about this. everything. That HAIR!

  • MGMcD

    Yes momma, work!

  • H2olovngrl

    She has been rocking some very unusual and interesting jewelry as of late.

  • sagecreek

    I need that necklace.

    • hellkell

      Yeah, that necklace needs to be in my life.

  • Emily Giovanni

    I had to stare at that necklace for a prolonged period to determine whether it was a tattoo.

  • Lisa Hager

    WERQ that I’m-hotter-now-than-most-of-you-starlets-will-ever-be, gurl!

  • Krysta

    Kind of a female Lenny Kravitz look–that’s some weapons-grade fabulous right there.

  • For one moment of horror, I thought the necklace was a tattoo.

    She looks freaking FAB and I want this entire outfit.

  • bellafigura1

    Perfection gimme gimme gimme.

  • Tatiana Luján


  • I want her to appear on The Walking Dead as Michonne’s bad ass mother, who is just as kick ass as her daughter. But I think she should have a different special weapon. I’m just not sure what the weapon should be.

    I mean, it would be awesome if they would take one look at her fabulousness and just drop to the ground in awe as their brains flat out explode.. but not especially realistic. 🙂

    • Candigirl1968

      ITA. Angela needs something in the medieval weapons department. Like a pollaxe.

  • imakeart

    That necklace (or at least a good copy) is $25 on Amazon. That’s bang for your buck!

  • lalahartma

    She is beautiful!!

  • Candigirl1968

    Fab. Given this, I’m thinking she could rock some of Heidi’s “fabulous mom about town” looks for more casual things.

  • SophieCollier

    Ms. Bassett is prettier than she’s ever been. Just stunning!

  • Alexandra Pimenta

    Girl is becoming the Queen of Awesome Accessories. Between the “rough” bracelets last time and this necklace… I’m loving her style!

  • melanie0866

    Love that necklace! It looks sort of like a tattoo.

  • venusvelvet

    Can’t find a good pic, but she rocked the skinny black pant look in her chauffeur role in Strange Days.

  • Sara

    Oh my God, thank you so much. I was just thinking how I was going to die if I didn’t have that necklace. I owe you my life.


    And can we TALK about that necklace? *gasp*

  • psychoblonde

    I fully praise Lange and Bates but I am most excited about seeing Bassett this season. She is killing it and she has never looked better. RESPECT!

  • Lilyana_F

    I love everything here, she is stunning!

  • Crazy. Sexy. Cool. Showing the rest of us how it done.