Laverne Cox at the 2014 GLAAD Awards

Posted on April 14, 2014

You go and get it, girl.

We think it’s fair to assume she’s not getting handed couture to wear left and right by high end designers. We’re not saying that day won’t come, but right now she’s working her way up the fame ladder and probably has to rely solely on herself for her red carpet looks. We say this not to prepare you for something that looks awful. On the contrary, she’s very polished and the dresses fit her pretty great, which is testament to whoever’s putting these looks together.


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Not a lot of variation in style, but both dresses look great on her. The silhouette loves her and the colors are perfect. She needs a little jewelry for each look and, we’re sorry to say, some better styling on that hair. But she’s improving by leaps and bounds in her red carpet skills. We look forward to the day when she really knocks us on our asses with her perfection. We feel like it’s only a matter of time before she really nails it.





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  • Oh I love her.

    So damn excited for Season 2 of OITNB.

    • Adrienne

      Just thought the same things!

  • Danielle

    Love the bust detailing on the red. She can rock a mermaid gown like nobody’s business.

  • hughman

    She is giving fab Lena Horne in that green dress.

    • decormaven

      Yes!!! Oh, for a fab necklace to set off that look. It would have been divine.

      • VCR1

        The dress is screaming for a fabulous necklace! But she still looks beautiful especially in the green dress.

  • StillGary

    Much improved!!! She seems like a class act and should dress the part — still don’t love the hair, but she’ll get there!

  • I love that she uses L’Oreal True Match powder.

    • rkdgal

      I hope they give her a damn contract as a spokesmodel!

      • KinoEye

        This is a fantastic idea, and they’d be stupid not to do it. It would be a win for all parties involved.

    • MilaXX

      Bless her heart for making it work. L’Oreal oxydizes on me and I end up looking like an oompa loompa. I never recommend on darker skin tones as a result.

      • KinoEye

        Most everything but mineral powder tends to oxidize on me and become oily very quickly. The lightest shade of that stuff turned me into a shiny Oompa Loompa. She, on the other hand, always looks like an ebony goddess. Amazing how different people react to products.

        • MilaXX

          Mineral powder is the worst culprit on me. I end up looking like a shiny copper penny.

          • lovelyivy

            Seriously. Thank God for smashbox and their dark bb cream. Everything else can go so wrong.

  • ashtangajunkie

    That green is perfect on her. She’s such a class act, I just love her.

  • KinoEye

    Classy, and both those colors really sing on her. Such poise, too.

  • @Biting Panda

    Lovely lady. But no on the mermaid hair.

    • hughman

      She needs a celebrity stylist like you use.

      • @Biting Panda

        Felicia Marie changes lives! I am liberated.

  • rkdgal

    So great to see good deployment of color! Both the dresses are lovely shades that work beautifully for her.

  • She looks great, imo. Btw, I can’t wait for OITNB Season 2 (June 6th)!

  • Glam Dixie

    I’m gonna disagree, that first red dress does her no favors, that may be no ones dress. The second dress is really lovely.

    • Sophie

      I think it’s really too tight. There is a dip beneath her stomach in the second picture.

      • Glam Dixie

        Yes, I noticed that too, and her boobs are smashed as well. Really unflattering all around.

        • Kayceed

          The fit, and also the cut of that red neckline is not very flattering – the V needs to come down quite a bit to work proportionately.

  • Sophie

    Oh, I really like that second dress on her!

  • gayle

    She looks beautiful and the dresses fit her to a T but I cannot help get a prom dress vibe from them. I think it is the material maybe and it pains me to say because she is fantastic and I want designers shower her with pretty dresses to wear.

  • marlie

    Laverne looks GREAT in the second look. I love that teal/aqua dress. The first dress has some minor fit issues, but it’s still a good color for her. Her hair is problematic; it’s TOO wiggy. But her makeup is flawless. Attagirl.

  • lunchcoma

    She looks good, and finding a shape that works for you and repeating it in different colors is a sensible way of adjusting to new fashion needs while you get your feet underneath you. She has a good sense of what her good colors are as well, and I think we’ll see some nice things coming from her in the future.

  • MilaXX

    I think that turquoise is a personal best. I always think her lace fronts looks a little home done, but this one looks a little more polished even if it needs better styling. Minor quibble: french nails are so 1990.

    • marlie

      Clinton Kelly said something last week essentially about it being the mani of choice for porn stars. 😛

  • Evan

    Teal looks better on her than red, but maybe it’s just because the red is the exact same shade as the carpet.

  • Gatto Nero

    I’m not a fan of stiff and shiny fabric, but she’s really selling both looks. Nice makeup.

  • Judih1

    While I love RuPaul, for some reason I just can’t support LaVerne. While I love living in the Bay Area -where everyone is free to fly their freak flag – I am having a hard time accepting LaVerne. Don’t shoot me. Next time I will just bypass any posts with him/her in them

  • j regan p

    I think its really cool that her twin brother played her ‘pre trans’ in Orang/Black…She’s freaking awesome.

    • marlie

      I didn’t know that. That’s really cool!

  • Phenomenal makeup — especially for her eyes — in the first.

  • RedRaven617

    Maybe it’s the super straight part in her hair, but it looks “wiggy” to me.

  • NinjaCate

    Have kinda been over the Beyoncé weave for a while now but #gotdamn that green dress looks amazing on her!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I especially like that turquoise or green dress-I think the strapless looks really good on her!

  • heartbot

    That second dress is STUNNING on her. Perfect color.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    shes just shutting it down… luv her.

  • amanda siegelson

    i have a question for T&LO: has a celebrity ever asked you to help them out as stylists based on what they have read here???
    laverne would seem to be a great project for you guys! lots of potential – and not bad on her own.

  • elemspbee

    the hair. sigh.

  • Haley Buchanan

    The green one is absolutely gorgeous on her. Also, can’t wait to see her in season 2 of OITNB and hopefully in more projects to follow soon!

  • V No Privacy

    Can she PLEASE give Tyra wig lessons?

  • Patrick Cleary

    She knows what silhouette works for her. I wonder if the hair is a result of her role on OINTB? It may not behoove her to have fantastic hair when she has to dress it down to play a prisoner.

  • Lilithcat

    Well done! The busts on both those dresses could have gone horribly wrong. The detailing on the red one is lovely, but if the fit were even slightly off, it would cause titscrepancy. And the blue might easily ride way too low. Instead, they fit to perfection and look divine. There are ladies with fifty people dressing them who can’t get a dress to fit properly.

    So kudos to her!

  • MarissaLG

    Beautiful! I especially love the green gown. Agree that her hair is a little stiff.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    DAT ASS. Nicely done, Miss Lady.

  • Beautiful – the silhouette on the red one reads ShellyO to me, it’s definitely a good choice for women with shapely arms.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Perfect silhouette! I particularly love the first dress’s neckline on her.

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  • jay

    so my roommate got to meet her for work a few weeks back, and even in casual radio-show appearances with smartphone pictures, this woman looks freaking fantastic and gorgeous and impeccable. I actually got a little lightheaded.