2017 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on February 24, 2017

Ladies – and one man? Please step forward one by one to present your fabulousness.

Also, we will be judging you.



Aisha Tyler

Cute, comfy and photogenic. A great print in great colors. The pumps are a record scratch. We’re usually against matchiness but we don’t see how a pink pump wasn’t called for here. Or a teal one, even.



Aja Naomi King in Michael Costello

Newp. It’s bridal with a slasher undertone. And that sheer panel simply isn’t flattering.



Common in Givenchy

Love the idea of the suit, but it’s a skosh too tight and the matching shirt wasn’t a good idea.



Cynthia Erivo in Kenzo

This gal sure loves her metallics. It works for her, but the volume and the silver pumps are a bit much.



Danielle Brooks

Stunning. What a fabulous fit and color.



Gabrielle Union in Prada

Oooh, girl. That’s not your do. We didn’t even recognize you. The dress strikes us as a bit heavy and serious. The shoes aren’t helping.



Issa Rae in Francesca Miranda


Her style has been such a breath of fresh air on the red carpet. A standard black lace and sheer gown is a letdown. The head-styling, as per the uzh, is flawless.



Janelle Monáe

The fit of those pants is working against her. At the very least, they should be hemmed to show her shoes. But we’d honestly like this better if she just had fitted black pants paired with that jacket.



Laverne Cox in Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna

Y’know? Normally (see above) we’d rail against another black, semi-sheer nightgowny look on the red carpet. But she doesn’t go that route often (at all, as far as we can remember) and the cape is a fun and dramatic addition.



Samira Wiley

It’s alright. The bodice is too angular.



Tracee Ellis Ross in Lethicia Bronstein

Miss Tracee, we love you, but you look like you entered a wet gown contest. This is a no, dear.



Viola Davis in Christian Siriano

Fabulous color and fit, but the neckline is slightly off and a slight shortening of the straps might’ve been a good idea.




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