Lupita Nyongo, Oscars 2019


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.

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.

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.


Lupita Nyong'o, Us premiere

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

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

Lupita Nyongo, Us Screening

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

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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.

Lupita Nyongo, 2019 SXSW


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.

Lupita Nyong'o, 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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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.

Lupita Nyongo, Pre-Oscars 2019 Party

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

Lupita Nyong'o, Pre-Oscars 2019 Party

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

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

Lupita Nyong'o, 2019 Sundance Film Festival

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

Lupita Nyong'o, 2019 SAG Awards, Red Carpet Fashions


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

Lupita Nyong'o, 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Red Carpet Fashions

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

Lupita Nyong'o, 2019 Governors Awards

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

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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.

ESC: Best Dressed, Lupita Nyongo

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

Lupita Nyongo, MET Gala

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

ESC: Lupita Nyong'o, Best Looks

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

ESC: Lupita Nyong'o, Best Looks

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

ESC: Lupita Nyong'o, Best Looks

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

ESC: Best Dressed, Lupita Nyongo

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

ESC: Best Dressed, Lupita Nyongo

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

ESC: Best Dressed, Lupita Nyongo

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

Lupita Nyongo, 2018 Oscars, Red Carpet Fashions

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

Lupita Nyong'o, 2018 SAG Awards, Red Carpet Fashions

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

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

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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. 

ESC: Lupita Nyong'o, Bronze

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The 12 Years a Slave star proved a simple satin dress will go far, especially when a few ruffle details flow down. 

Lupita Nyong'o, 2017 Met Gala Arrivals

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Orange may be a hard color to pull off, but the Star Wars actress can do no wrong in the hue. See: her 2017 Met Gala Prada dress for evidence. 

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Lupita turned heads in purple Elie Saab and a matching head wrap on a Queen of Katwe red carpet. 

ESC: Summer Beauty, Lupita Nyong'o

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This fresh ensemble is ready for any daytime occasion. Just throw on a white pleated dress, a red lip and some super-cool, black-out Dior sunglasses. 

Lupita Nyong'o, Tony Awards 2016

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Lupita turned heads in an unexpected fully sequined Hugo Boss dress at the 2016 Tony Awards

Lupita Nyongo, MET Gala 2016, Arrivals

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The A-list actress looked like a glam mermaid in Calvin Klein at the 2016 Met Gala. 

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Lupita channeled her inner Force and chose a starry, black Zac Posen dress for the Star Wars "Force 4 Fashion" Event.

Lupita Nyong'o, Lancome Party

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Lupita is a glowing goddess in this silver, light-reflecting sequin Prada dress.

Lupita Nyong'o, Cannes

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All eyes were on Lupita as she donned a bright green Gucci gown at the premiere of La Tete Haute during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Lupita Nyong'o, Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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The actress looked statuesque in this classic gold Calvin Klein dress as she attended the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. 

Lupita Nyong'o, 2015 Academy Awards Oscars

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Lupita looks like a million bucks in a form-fitting sequin, white Calvin Klein dress for the Oscars.

Lupita Nyongo, SAG Awards, Candids

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Vibrant colors and a train, this Elie Saab piece looks stunning on the star as she attended the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o, Golden Globes

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Lupita looked pretty as a flower in this floral statement Giambattista Valli piece at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards.

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Lupita looking classic chic in this sophisticated Kurt Geiger dress for the Glamour 2014 Women of the Year Awards.

Lupita Nyong'o, White House Correspondents Dinner, Oscar de la Renta

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The actress brings a touch of playfulness Oscar de la Renta at the100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

Lupita Nyong'o , MTV Movie Awards

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The star looked like a piece of art in this statement Chanel piece for the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

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Lupita shows off her slim legs in this fun Giambattista Valli for Marie Claire's Fresh Faces Party.

Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars

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The Academy Award winner went for a princess look in this blue Prada gown as she accepts an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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In Lanvin

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In Peter Pilotto

Lupita Nyong'o, BAFTA Film Awards 2014

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In Dior

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In Chanel


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