Take a Look Back at Lupita Nyong'o's Most Stylish Moments as We Toast to Her 36th Birthday

By Johnni Macke Mar 01, 2019 4:00 PMTags
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Pop the champagne, because it's Lupita Nyong'o's birthday!

The Black Panther star turns 36 years old today and we love a good reason to grab some bubbly and eat some cake, so why not do both to celebrate Nyong'o's day? It sounds like a win-win to us.

Over the years, we've grown accustomed to seeing the Us star on red carpets wearing glamorous and stylish ensembles and that's why we wanted to shine a light on the actress's style on her birthday. It seems fitting, right?

With so much style and grace no matter where she's going, Nyong'o has become a fashion "It Girl" in addition to a mega star over the past decade or so and we bow down to her fashionable wardrobe choices today and every day. 

She had some stunning costumes in Black Panther, but her red carpet looks really go above and beyond, not to mention her Fashion Week looks that she dawns from year to year.

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The 12 Years a Slave actress knows what looks good on her and she isn't afraid to work a red carpet every now and then.

No matter what she puts on she looks fierce and fabulous and that's why she is our go-to muse for fun and fancy wardrobe inspiration.

Even if you don't have a Hollywood party to attend anytime soon, Nyong'o's style will give you life and that's exactly what we all need to make our Friday brighter.

Now that she's about to appear in Jordan Peele's Us, which comes out this month, we're going to be getting a lot more ensemble power moments, which is so exciting.

Lupita Nyong'o's Best Looks

Until she hits another carpet or premiere, we will honor of her and the fact that she made it another year around the sun with our favorite photos of the star.

Prepare for some serious fashion envy as we raise a glass to the birthday girl while scrolling through her best looks of all time below.


Daringly Divine

Lupita nails the 2019 MET Gala "Camp" theme in custom Versace inspired by John Walter's legendary drag queen, Divine.

Wine Not?

The actress poses with grace and elegance in this wine-colored gown.

Daring in Dior

The Black Panther actress carries the drama off-screen in this bold and beautiful Dior dress.

So Shady

Keeping it fashionably casual in this chic jumpsuit, leather satchel, and designer shades.

Studded & Dangerous

The budding horror queen wears a Balmain-studded transparent blazer-dress at the New York premiere of Us.

Ray of Light

Lupita beams in a Prabal Gurung patterned dress and a yellow cashmere coat by Mansur Gavriel outside Good Morning America.

Chic Becomes Her

The actress looks hauntingly beautiful at the London screening of Us wearing an Attico sequined tartan wrap dress and red contacts. 

Color Coordinated

The Oscar-winner is seen in a Prabal Gurung's sweater dress and a vibrant red Mackage overcoat outside The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Futuristic Entity

The actress is serving a Grace Jones-esque, other-worldly look in a Honayada white cut-out suit at the SXSW Premiere of Jordan Peele's sophomore film Us at SXSW.

Feathered Lady

Lupita Nyong'o was light as a feather as she attended the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars party wearing this Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder gown.


The Kenyan-Mexican actress donned a golden power suit-inspired dress by Chanel as she partied ahead of the Oscars.

Pretty in Pink

The 36-year-old star was pretty in pink while attending a pre-Oscars bash with Vanity Fair and Lancome. 

Striped Style

Nyong'o sparkled in this saucy Balmain striped frock as she carried a diamond-crusted leopard Judith Leiber clutch.

Modern Mogul

The Us actress gave major boss-vibes in this Versace gold puffer jacket.

Sultry & Structured

Lupita wears a custom Vera Wang ensemble, pairing a structured blazer with a sheer jeweled skirt. She completes the look with feathered braids. 

Celestial Jewel

Black Panther's Lupita stuns on the red carpet in a Calvin Klein dress. This shining star never ceases to amaze us!

Fringed in White

Lupita pays homage to the Roaring Twenties in a fringed Tom Ford gown and teardrop earrings.

Colorful Clothing

For the Versace Fall 2019 fashion show, the Black Panther star goes bold and bright with a T-shirt, cardigan, skirt and heels of the same pop art-inspired print.

Wonderful in White

The actress dons the popular power suit, but opts for an all-white look with silver shoes to stand out.

Caged Chicness

The actress was fierce in a glamorous see-though Prada number, paired with a brown bodycon dress.

Pretty as A Peach

Lupita's shimmering, floor-sweeping Prada gown was a fashion highlight at the Cannes Film Festival.

Diamonds are Forever

The actress stuns in this timeless Giorgio Armani gown embellished with sparkling jewels and plunging neckline. 

Fabulous and Feathered

Lupita shows off a little skin in a gorgeous Dior Haute Couture gown.

Go Bananas

It's definitely not every day you see someone wearing a dress covered in bananas, but Lupita makes the Prada dress look timeless.

Royal Purple

The Black Panther star wore a show-stopping purple Atelier Versace dress with an embellished bodice for the world premiere of Black Panther

Black Swan

This black, flowy Elie Saab dress embodies elegance and power as the actress attended the EE BAFTAs.

Golden Statue

The actress looks strikingly similar to the Oscar Statuette in a golden Atelier Versace for the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Light as a Feather

The Black Panther actress sauntered down the red carpet at the 2018 SAG Awards in a Ralph and Russo gown.

Fashion Force

The stunning actress turned heads in a glittering green Halpern dress at the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Line It Up

This striped jumpsuit the actress wore while promoting Star Wars: The Force Awakens flatters her in every way. The vertical stripes elongate her legs while the horizontal ones give her more shape up top. 

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