Black Panther's Lupita Nyong'o Makes Fabulous Outfit Change on the Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong'o made a showstopping red carpet appearance at the Mexico premiere of Black Panther's sequel film, wearing not one but two custom looks.

By Alyssa Morin Nov 10, 2022 8:46 PMTags
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Lupita Nyong'o proved two looks are always better than one.

The Oscar winner made a jaw-dropping appearance at the Mexico premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on Nov. 9, dazzling the red carpet in two custom Jonathan Cohen designs.

And while no ensemble was the same, they were both riddled with meaning.

The actress' first look entailed a fiery red gown that enveloped the red carpet with its billowing train, dramatic puffed sleeves and cape-like structure. According to a press release from the fashion label, the larger-than-life piece—fittingly called the "Birth of a Rose"—was "an homage to Lupita and Jonathan's shared Mexican heritage and upbringing."

Lupita then unveiled the edgy black leather dress that had been hiding underneath.

The fierce creation featured a thigh-high slit and harness corset with brass buckles shaped like roses and thorns, which the brand revealed was inspired by Mexican icon Frida Kahlo. Continuing with the floral theme, dozens of petals also adorned the neckline.

All the Stars at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Red Carpet Premiere

The Marvel star added extra oomph to both of her looks with statement-making jewelry from De Beers, strappy heels and a bold black lip.

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During a panel discussion at the screening, Lupita captivated audiences with her dance moves. While onstage, she and her Black Panther co-star Tenoch Huerta busted their moves and danced along to Elvis Crespo's "Suavemente."

"No van a creer lo qué pasó (You're not going to believe what happened)," Lupita shared on Instagram on Nov. 9, alongside a video of their memorable moment.

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Back in July, Lupita exclusively told E! News how the Black Panther sequel would honor the late Chadwick Boseman, who passed away in August 2020 due to colon cancer.

"I can confidently say this movie is made with his memory in the foundation of it and with his spirit," she said at San Diego Comic-Con, adding that "it was therapeutic to come back."

Danai Gurira also touched on honoring Chadwick, who played the titular superhero in the Marvel films, at the Los Angeles premiere of Black Panther on Oct. 26.

"One of the things that was very, very nourishing to me as we shot this film was keeping his image and his memory so close at all times," she told E! News on the red carpet, "and knowing how he functioned in a space, how he was a creator and was all about the generosity towards others, and also just relentless pursuit of excellence and just really loving on each other.

She explained how Chadwick's legacy has struck a chord with her, adding, it's "something that always guides me even outside of shooting this film."

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters Nov. 11.

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