WERQ: Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Posted on January 17, 2014

Oh please. You didn’t think we were going to forget about her, did you? Check it:


“12 Years a Slave” star Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2014 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California in a Calvin Klein Collection dress paired with Paul Andrew shoes, a Calvin Klein clutch, and Kimberly McDonald jewelry.

Check that flawless bronze goddess OUT. WERQ that Aphrodite shit, girl. Three snaps. Z formation.

Among the many other gifts bestowed upon her, she’s blessed with one of those faces that’s all planes and angles, which means she can look very different depending on the makeup and the lighting, from Grace Jones-style warrior to pretty princess. And while we always go out of our way to salute whoever does her makeup for her, attention must be paid to that astonishingly flawless hairline of hers.

She SERIOUSLY feels like a present the universe sent to fashion bloggers. A beautiful, charismatic, talented, stylish woman who’s smart enough to get very good people on her style team who know exactly what to do with her striking looks. Thank you, universe.






[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Emiley Schweich/PRPhotos.com, KM/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES, Christopher Polk/Getty Images]

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  • Belvane

    I don’t know, guys. While I share your crush on this flawless creature, the dress reminds me of something you’d wrap around you upon emerging from the pool. Yes, she makes it work, but I wouldn’t call it a WERQ.

    • Evan

      Well maybe she emerged from the sea like the goddess Venus?

      • demidaemon

        The Aphrodite reference embodies that, no?

        • Evan

          Yes, but I was just trying to explain the pool wrap observation lol

    • Vickiefantastico

      I’m with you. For me, the tube top part reminds me of the Fifth Element and the front straps look like the back of bib overalls. She’s beautiful, but it’s an odd dress.

      • TropiCarla

        Oh but anything that reminds one of The Fifth Element is a win. “Leeloo Dallas moolti-pass” and Korben 4eva!

    • kimmeister

      It doesn’t help that the fabric looks like terry cloth. Also, she’s not busty but that bandeau is even cutting in on her.

  • gabbilevy

    So, she looks fabulous again. No surprise there. BUT!

    She won an award! THAT is cause for celebration! The world is finally recognizing her fabulousity.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      And her speech was the definition of charming.

      • filmcricket

        Except I think she forgot to acknowledge Oprah. So enjoy this while it lasts, because we may never hear from her again.

        • fursa_saida

          Oprah looked like she was gonna cry during her speech, and Lupita did tell her personally one time that the reason she realized she could maybe make it as an actress was The Color Purple, so I’d up her survival chances.

          • I’m both tickled and terrified by this idea of Oprah deciding who lives and who dies.

  • Sara

    Let’s face it: Lupita’s entire existence is a WERQ.

    • Trent

      Yes! While I loved her Globes look — and she RULED that red carpet — her hair here is even better. She is absolutely drop-dead STUNNING. I can only imagine what fabulosity she’ll put together for the Oscars…

      • par3182

        It’s six weeks away but I’m calling it already: Oscar’s Best Dressed.

  • savicevic

    She looked beautiful AND her speech was amazing—probably the best of the night.

  • Emily Giovanni


    • fashion4ever

      The hairline is definitely drawn on–not to burst your bubble!

      • Emily Giovanni

        Does it really matter? It looks freakin amazing. I have never had such a reaction to a hairline before.

      • shirab

        I didn’t remember her having a widow’s peak previously so I peered very close and I thought it looked like it was applied with makeup. And it looks great. With Lupita all things are possible.

        ETA: Should have scrolled down before posting as there is much discussion of the hairline below. Ah well.

      • terpsichory

        That’s actually a point in its favour, for me. Seriously, who would think of deliberately incorporating the hairline into a look? Hair and dress are definitetely talking to each other.

    • Wendi126

      Her hairline is a werq all on its own

  • marlie

    Her hair is EVERYTHING. She looks wonderful here.

    • Sobaika

      Ahhhh I love everything about her. I was reading about how she cropped it close at 19 and never looked back. She’s so fabulous and self-assured.

  • antheapena

    she’s a gift to us all

  • PlethoraofBooks


    Seriously – she is ranking into my top favorites of fashion – her, Tilda, Queen Cate, and Queen Helen. This is gorgeous!

    • Tatiana Luján

      I like her more than Tilda, Lupita gets her clothes properly hemmed.

  • Scimommy

    She was in a league of her own on that red carpet. No one could hold a candle to that look. Flawless, beautiful, classy, stylish, sexy, event-appropriate… EVERYTHING.

  • lbl

    Ok, so her hair… did they draw in that widow’s peak with a pencil? It’s been bothering since the photos were released but no one’s mentioned anything other than how flawless the hairline is. Am I crazy?

    • Emily

      Not crazy! I’m pretty sure it’s drawn in. Looks amazing.

      • lbl

        Wow. I’m impressed with how they’ve managed to switch up her hairstyles for these events despite how short it is. Especially when it feels like such an afterthought for many celebrities with a lot more hair to work with.

    • DeebaCee

      It does indeed look like a faux peak. In the photos, it’s a slightly different color than the rest of her hair, and her previous pics don’t have it.

    • fashion4ever

      Nope, you’re not crazy. That is evidently drawn on!

    • Mrs. Julien

      At the GG, I’m pretty sure that her part was augmented/define with makeup as well.

    • MilaXX

      If it’s what I think it is, it’s a fiber like substance is shaken onto the head. I forget what it’s called, but it reminds me of the stuff in those kids Wooly Willy toys where you move the stuff around to make “hair” or beards in a template

  • ailujailuj

    yeah – she looks supreme. she has the craftiest hair staff. stunning hair.
    and – when is a gown too long…?

  • Evan

    Can we start erecting statues of her? I’ll be at my shrine to Lupita…

    • Anna

      I’ll join you.

      • demidaemon

        One in every major city, I say!

        • Anna


  • Ginger

    I’m too lazy to go to previous posts to check, but has she always had a widow’s peak? If so then I’ve never noticed before.
    In other, and un-shocking, news, she looks like a motherfucking goddess!

    • Ginger

      So I checked previous posts. The widow’s peak is totally drawn on, which makes me like this a little less.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        I’m not really a fan of the widow’s peak, but other than that, she looks awesome!

      • fursa_saida

        Really? I think it’s sort of awesome that her stylists are willing to think of even the hairline as something to be played with. A whole new variable! (Or that is, new to me.)

        • Ginger

          To me it’s in the same vein as a faux mole. To each his/her own though, right?

  • Donyelle

    I can’t churn out these obits quick enough cuz she is slaying them on the red carpet!

  • Anna

    My goddess. If I had any kind of ability to write poetry, I’d be dedicating Shakespearean-style sonnets to her.

  • Thank you for snatching this Calvin Klein out of Allison Williams’ hands.

  • Kittens of colour, tell me about her hair. Would she have that widow’s peak cut in, or is there a way of styling her hair to do that?

    Also – I really hate this dress. She looks wonderful in it, but the dress itself is not OK.

    • Evan

      I love that you called them “Kittens of colour.” 🙂 Btw, I’m assuming you’re from Britain or somewhere else that was/is governed by the crown?

      • Colonial, yes. Australian. I can’t spell in American!

        • demidaemon

          Believe me, you want to keep it that way.

    • Glam Dixie

      Not a kitten of color but going by previous pictures of her, she didn’t have it, so it’s most likely drawn on.

    • pinkxxa

      It could be drawn on, but considering she wears her hair short she probably touches up the edges weekly/biweekly because her hair always looks sharp and her hair is easily shaped like a topiary, so just like those ball players who have drawings etched in their hair its just as possible to shape up the hairline. She has been showing different look in the hairline.

    • mjude

      kittens of colour! love it.

    • MilaXX

      It can be cut in, bu I think she’s got a bit of hair dressing magic going on here. It may be the stuff that Jon Cryer uses to fill in his bald spot. She just has a good hair/makeup team.

    • dschubba

      I think it’s a subtle Bigen blackout, where dye (or sometimes, henna) is used to give the impression of a very sharply-defined hairline. Best-case scenario, you wind up with an immaculate hairline like Ludacris. Worst-case scenario, you become Jermaine Jackson.

    • TropiCarla

      Her hair slays me. I was trying to grow mine back and then all the Lupita fierceness blasted me in the face. Back to the barbershop I went. That faux-widow’s peak is a damn good idea. I might work up the nerve to try it sometime.

      • If you can carry off a crop like that I don’t know why you wouldn’t! There is a woman I see at the station in the morning – I think she might be Somali, she’s a dead ringer for Iman – who wears her hair almost shaved and she is absolutely glorious.

    • It is beyond dispute that she is a stunning beauty, but I’m with you on the dress. I don’t love it that much — not super crazy about the sports bra/tube top thing going on up top, and it looks a little lumpy at the waistline. From the hips to the hem, it’s great, and if the upper half matched it, it would probably be too simple, but I’d still probably like it better.

  • CPK1

    love it. She looks gorgeous. I love the floor length on her.

  • @Biting Panda

    My make a wish is a project for Lupita and SWINTON to be created by great minds and produced by even richer ones. I want the project and the pole dance and the editorials and the images. I want perfect alien goddesses to break me on the wheel of yin and yang.

    • demidaemon

      Add in Cate Blanchett and we’ll have a super Trifecta of awesome.

      • @Biting Panda

        “Trifecta of awesome” I feel as if I’ve heard that somewhere….by someone infinitely witty and insightful…hmmmm…?

        • Evan

          I prefer “Trifecta of Fabulousness.”

      • Oh yes! The three of them as the Moirai.

  • Diego!

    She looks STUNNING! But, gonna give her an Attagirl. I have some issues with the length of the hem.

  • KinoEye

    Flawless. She does indeed look as if she’s made out of bronze in that last shot. She’s heir apparent to Iman — a lady who will always look gorgeous, classy and fierce. Bless you, universe.

  • Eclectic Mayhem


  • sugarkane105

    DAMN I wish I could wear white like that.

  • Akemi

    Oh man. I seriously cannot WAIT to see what she wears to the Oscars. She is fucking GORGEOUS.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    That dress makes me wish it was summer already.

  • barbarienne

    I feel like you’re going to have to declare another category just for her. “Pulled a Lupita” is going to mean “WERQed three appearances in a row.”

    We grade the perennially awkward on a sliding scale (“It looks bad, but for her it’s an improvement”). I trust the reverse will not happen.

  • In_Stitches

    Gorgeous look. Very Leeloo hits the red carpet. Also love her fearlessness with make-up with apparently extends to modified hairlines.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love her and she’ll always look a thousand times better than the rest of the ladies, but I don’t like the new hairline nor do I like the makeup this time, I think silver and that shade of lipcolour aren’t her best options.

  • filmcricket

    Lena Dunham tweeted something about how she’s always going on about Lupita’s beauty to the neglect of all the other awesome things about her. It was so great that she won an award last night in recognition of that amazing performance, in addition to looking stunning.

  • demidaemon


  • bizarro

    Absolutely radiant. From the little I’ve seen of her in interviews and last night’s acceptance speech, she has an inner beauty that elevates her physical beauty. She seems like an intelligent, gracious, and obviously talented person which makes it a joy to appreciate her genetic gifts and root for her success 🙂

  • nannypoo

    I’m glad she won the award. I confess I haven’t seen her movie yet so I am only assuming she gave a great performance, but a person as fabulous as she is deserves all possible recognition.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I want her to meet Viola Davis so they can both hit the red carpet together looking striking as hell.

  • MzzPants

    So. Fucking. Gorgeous. That dress was made for her.

  • mjude

    its early in her career but I feel the need to BOW THE FUCK DOWN.

  • MilaXX

    BOW DOWN!!!! Lupita wins the night. Seriously people google her acceptance speech. You will fall even more in love with her. Also #TeamNaturalHair for the win!!!!

  • Jessica Goldstein

    She and Cate Blanchett are two women who can look fabulous in dresses I don’t actually like. They both have faces of planes and angles that can go in so many ways (My face varies from “me” to “me in makeup”.) They both are long and lean with just enough curve to fill things out. And they both have innate style and radiate confidence. So glad Lupita has hit the big time and will have to go out dressed up often.

  • Kelly

    She looks fabulous because she’s got “it” — inherent style, panache, a sense of what works, a perfect merging of her appearance with her sense of self, or however you want to define “it” — but I don’t really care for this dress. Looks too much like beach wear to me. The hairline, though — exquisite.

  • little_miss_strange

    Okay, this is totally my favorite look for her EVER. The simplicity of that bandage gown… it’s a Fifth Element bandage gown, and yet on her, UTTER PERFECTION. Styling and makeup… she doesn’t even really need it that much. Simplicity flatters the shit out of her.

    God DAMN do I want her skin.

    • not_Bridget

      Yes, the Fifth Element.I love that silly movie–mostly for the style. (And for Gary Oldman , among others, chewing on that elegant scenery.) Those bandages would have looked vulgar on a more buxom woman than Milla Jovovich–but she was a Perfect Being…

      As is this young lady. I feel I must see the movie although I know it will hurt.

  • Alfred Cox

    My god,this woman is amazing. I live for this look. All brown women look flawless in white (see Viola Davis) but with the design, its unusual enough to be considered fashionable.And I loved the Grace Jones reference from T LO. Get it!

  • Scott Cooper

    I only quibble with the lipstick, which has just a little too much blue in it. She looks cold.

  • Imasewsure

    Thank you universe! Love the right woman in the right dress too… 🙂

  • snarkykitten

    Lelo Dallas Multipass

  • Shawn EH

    Scary beautiful. Like too much perfection!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Flawless-absolutely flawless. WERQ’ing that dress for all it’s worth and more.

  • Sly

    Can we put her in the Blanchett, Swinton category?

  • Lilah

    There is a little too much shine going on for me to give this a WERQ. Plus it looks a whole lot like a white version of the black dress she wore a few days ago. Only the black dress was better.

    • Fred Vaughn

      Dark skin has some shine to it naturally, so I’m not worried there. I love the fashion risks she’s been taking!

  • formerlyAnon

    Gorgeous. If she can put together a team who knows what to do for her, why can’t people with orders of magnitude more experience, money and connections?

    • Sunraya

      From what I understand, she is intelligent and she went to the Yale School of Drama. Not that you need an Ivy league education to hire good stylists, but it sure beats whatever education and learning Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan received.

  • Danielle

    That’s it, I’m declaring her Not Of This World. Please join your place in line with SWINTON and enjoy lifelong WERQ benefits.

  • SorayaS

    Remember when Zoe Saldana started losing her style mojo and we were like “what is happening?!” I think it was Lupita here, usurping her powers like the Supreme she is!

    I hate to be a gusher but this look is perfection. Her skin is flawless.

  • Therese Bohn

    Love her. She’s the antidote to Miley Cyrus.

    • Gatto Nero

      Anyone with grace and taste is an antidote to Miley Cyrus.

  • LeelaST

    Oh. Judging by comments I see I’m alone in my dislike. Not crazy about the shaved mini widow’s peak. And not a fan of a long tank top over a bra.

  • decormaven

    Shutting it DOWN. I’ve not been in the mood for a “heavy” movie, but I’m going to see “12 Years” just to put bank in its box office and affirm her work.

    • I saw it yesterday. I was an hour into it before I even noticed time was passing. It is a bit of a heavy storyline but I have to say it is very well done. Chiwetel who I have adored since seeing him in Kinky Boots was absolutely incredible but so was every other person in the movie. Lupita was wonderful.

      • decormaven

        Thanks for the review. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do before the Academy Awards, but I will make time for this one.

  • IamstillAnonymous

    The dress is a skosh too tight around her hips.

  • ms_kat

    Her hair! Love. And that smile is fantastic. There’s something really warm and inviting in her smile, like she and we are all in on a joke.

  • I love her.
    But I’m confused by where the widow’s peak came from (which was a great choice for this look, so kudos to her hair people). How did they do that?

    • MilaXX

      Fiber hair filler like they use for balding men.

      • I would never have expected something like that to look good but kudos to her team for knowing the hell out of their shit.

        • MilaXX

          Ted Gibson has been working magic with her.

          • I miss What Not To Wear. Ted Gibson was so much better than the guy they had before who basically gave everyone The Rachel.

          • MilaXX

            Nick started out good, but by the time he left he was pretty much phoning it in. Ted was a breath of fresh air.

  • quiltrx

    I’m convinced…she’s an android. There’s no way a mere mortal can look this smashing ALL the time!

  • minnye

    She is stunning. And I love the Mike Tomlin hair.

    • SpillinTea

      *flatline* at Mike Tomlin hair. hahahah

  • elzatelzabelz

    The dress is horrid- it’s a tube top and long skirt. But, she makes it WERQ. She is flawless.

  • Claudia Berry

    I just love Erlanger’s work, she is definitely doing Lupita justice!

  • Sunraya

    I think she is radiant from within. She just glows, like a beautiful soul.
    OTOH, I don’t know if she was born with that hairline. I think it was trimmed that way.

    • Gatto Nero

      See MilaXX’s comment. The hairline was partially “constructed.”

  • prettybigkitty

    Is there a WERQ scorecard? Who has earned the most snaps? Would be interesting to keep a tally. Regardless she is gaining on Cate and Tilda in a very short time. Respect.

  • jw_ny

    Lupita is truly in a class of her own, well…one that she shares with few. I could’ve given her a ‘werq’ on the majority of her appearances…this being one of the many deserved. She’s so captivating.

  • Jacob Bowen

    THOSE EARRINGS. THAT MAKEUP. Already enough to put me in heaven, but on Lupita??? First reaction, “Damn”.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I love the regal way she holds her body. So elegant. No pigeon toes or “gotta pee” poses for her.

  • unbornfawn

    Knocks it out of the park again.


  • Suse

    This is my Junior prom dress c. 1968. It was mint green chiffon, however, with no cut-outs.

  • Lilyana_F

    Now this girl’s game is on ANOTHER level! Giving her just a WERQ ain’t gonna cut it.

  • I know it’s only mid January, but this is in the running for one of the best looks for 2014.

  • bellafigura1

    Of course, the whole thing is, as stated below, another level. The white nails send this into the stratosphere for me, it’s such a confident, edgy, leading-not-following choice.

  • LaSylphide

    Honestly, I don’t like this dress at all: looks like a backwards gym bra. But, I give this one to her for making it look a lot better than it deserves. I’d put up with anything to see those gorgeous shoulders and arms.

  • SewingSiren

    Stunningly beautiful. Love the dress. Very few can work a “cut outs” dress and not go trashy. I would say she and Rooney Mara are about the only two I can think of. I would love to see her and Rooney Mara in a very stylized movie, in which ever scene that Lupita wears red, Rooney wears green, when Lupita wears orange Rooney wears blue, and when Lupita wears yellow Rooney wears purple, and of course when Lupita wears white Rooney wears black. I don’t even care what the story would be.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I fear the moment when she gets the fashionista label and designers start taking that as carte blanche to send her crazy ugly unwearable shit in hopes that her innate awesomess and peoples affection for her can somehow make it work. See Saldana, Zoe and Kruger, Diane.

  • Also, based on this dress, I want her to be the heroine in a superhero or scifi movie. If they make Michael B Jordan Johnny Storm, I bet she could flesh out a good Sue. Of course, Sue is generally poorly written, so I hope she gets a better role than that, but I’d love to see nerds explode in angry confused hypocrisy over the Storms being black.
    (Of course she’d make a great Storm, but it looks like they’re not redoing her character for a while even though Halle Berry wasn’t great in that role. I wish there were more superheroines of color I could think of that she could play. WHATEVER JUST PUT HER IN A MOVIE WHERE SHE LOOKS AMAZING AND KICKS ASS I WOULD WATCH IT.)

  • luluransom

    This woman just floors me with her beauty. Flat-out the best thing to happen for fashion blogs in a long time.

  • boweryboy

    I hate the dress, yet she makes it work.

  • Lis

    She is fucking radiant

  • Gatto Nero

    Lupita is such a work of art that she can make almost anything — even this gymwear-inspired CK dress — look flawless.
    She’s in her own universe. Long may she reign.

  • Gatto Nero

    Amazing; thanks for the link. The widow’s peak accentuates her naturaly heart-shaped face and mirrors the Vs in the dress design.Terrific!

  • CeeRich


  • AnnaleighBelle

    Her skin makes her look unreal, like a warm, polished statue. She glows.

  • allcapsERINN

    It’s getting to the point where she needs an “of course,” as in “of course she looks fabulous.” It would almost be refreshing to see her in something appalling, just to show that she’s mortal.

  • gn

    I love you guys. That’s all.

  • Iroqhard

    She is friggin’ KILLING it this red-carpet season. She is full stop gorgeous, and her team is dressing her to the NINES. GORGEOUS. I would hate this dress on anyone else.

  • EEKstl

    Perfection, flawless, stunning…she transcends hyperbole.

  • GTrain

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

  • Why do they bother reporting on the shoes when they’re not visible?

  • Kent Roby

    Being on her style team must be an easier job than “trust fund baby”, because you can throw so much on her, including outfits that would be horrific or tacky on lesser creatures, yet she transforms them. This dress is about a basic as they come these days, but she looks amazing.

  • sunnycalif

    Thanks for the link. Who knew hair that short needed that much work!

  • What a vision.