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A Ranked Guide To Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Red Carpet Looks

A Ranked Guide To Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Red Carpet Looks


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  • Fox And FX's 2014 Golden Globe Awards Party - Arrivals

    1. Lupita Nyong'o turned heads at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in this red off-the-shoulder silk crepe Ralph Lauren caped gown.

    Photo: Getty Images / Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images
  • 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Red Carpet

    2. Lupita Nyong'o was stunning in an optic white Calvin Klein gown with cutouts at 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Christopher Polk/Getty Images
  • TIFF HFPA/InStyle Party - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    3. Lupita Nyong'o arrived at the TIFF HFPA/InStyle Party on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada in a playful Veronica Beard jumpsuit.

    Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
  • 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Arrivals

    4. The actress was statuesque in an embellished turquoise Gucci column dress at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
  • "12 Years A Slave" Premiere - Arrivals - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    5. The 12 Years A Slave star wore a floor-length white Prada gown with long sleeves and gold sequin detail to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards Presented by BBC America - Arrivals

    6. Lupita Nyong'o wowed in a two-tone Lanvin gown at the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards on November 9, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • IFP's 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Red Carpet

    7. Lupita Nyong'o wore this Lanvin number to the IFP's 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on December 2, 2013 in New York City.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jemal Countess/Getty Images for IFP
  • "Twelve Years A Slave" - Accenture Gala - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film Festival

    8. The actress rocked a curve-hugging Christopher Kane midi and Christian Louboutin heels at the premiere of Twelve Years A Slave on October 18, 2013 in London, England.

    Photo: Getty Images / Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for BFI
  • 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Arrivals

    9. Lupita Nyong'o shined bright in this J. Mendel dress with keyhole detailing at the Hollywood Film Awards on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Kempin/Getty Images
  • 39th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Arrivals

    10. Lupita Nyong'o rocked a skin tight white Altuzarra top and a pale blue skirt at The 39th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards on January 11, 2014 in Century City, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / JC Olivera/Getty Images
  • The Museum Of Modern Art 2013 Film Benefit: A Tribute To Tilda Swinton - Arrivals

    11. Lupita Nyong'o was chic in Chanel at the Museum of Modern Art 2013 Film benefit: A Tribute To Tilda Swinton on November 5, 2013 in New York City.

    Photo: Getty Images / Rob Kim/Getty Images
  • 14th Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals

    12. Lupita Nyong'o attended the 14th annual AFI Awards Luncheon on January 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California looking ladylike in a yellow floral Carolina Herrera dress and blue suede heels.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jason Merritt/Getty Images
  • The Entertainment Weekly Celebration Honoring This Year's SAG Awards Nominees Sponsored By TNT & TBS And essie - Arrivals

    13. Lupita Nyong'o kept it short and sweet in a vintage Valentina at the Entertainment Weekly SAG Awards celebration on January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Angela Weiss/Getty Images
  • 25th Annual Producers Guild Of America Awards - Arrivals

    14. Lupita Nyong'o showed of her slim physique in a peach Stella McCartney bodycon dress at 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
  • DuJour magazine celebrates their Great Performances issue with cover model Lupita Nyong'o at the Mondrian, LA

    15. Lupita Nyong'o looked playful in a patterend Mary Katrantzou dress at the DuJour Magazine's cover celebration featuring the '12 Years A Slave' star on January 11, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

    Photo: Getty Images / Mark Sullivan/Getty Images for DuJour Magazine
  • 25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala - Red Carpet

    16. Lupita Nyong'o went for the gold in a metallic lace Elie Saab dress and matching shoes at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala on January 4, 2014.

    Photo: Getty Images / Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for PSIFF
  • W Magazine Celebrates The "Best Performances" Portfolio And The Golden Globes With Cadillac And Dom Perignon

    17. Lupita Nyong'o showed some skin at the W Magazine celebration of The 'Best Performances' Portfolio and The Golden Globes on January 9, 2014 in this Proenza Schouler number.

    Photo: Getty Images / John Sciulli/Getty Images for W Magazine
  • 2014 Film Independent Filmmaker Grant And Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch - Arrivals

    18. Lupita Nyong'o played with prints in a Peter Pilotto ensemble at the 2014 Film Independent Filmmaker Grant And Spirit Awards Nominees Brunch on January 11, 2014.

    Photo: Getty Images / Joe Kohen/Getty Images
  • 2013 Movies For Grownups Film Festival Presented By AARP Screening Of "12 Years A Slave"

    19. The actress went for a ladylike look in a yellow and black tweed J. Mendel dress at the AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival 2013 on November 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, but she missed the mark and we know she can do better!

    Photo: Getty Images / Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
  • GQ Men Of The Year Party - Arrivals

    20. While we loved Lupita Nyong'o pale pink dress with cutouts by Cushie et Ochs at the GQ Men Of The Year Party on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, we're not sure the execution is completely there.

    Photo: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Lupita Nyong’o. Not only is her name now synonymous with a powerful, Oscar-worthy performance in  “12 Years a Slave,” but the actress has pretty much owned the red carpet with her fashion choices during the last few months.

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It’s hard to believe that the gorgeous actress was, less than two years ago, a student at Yale School of Drama, a far cry from the glitz and glam of award season. With the help of her stylist Micaela Erlanger, the 30-year-old has mastered the science behind red carpet dressing.

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That said, we’ve ranked 20 of Lupita’s  best red carpet looks—from the breathtaking Ralph Lauren caped gown that started it all, to the turquoise Gucci gown with floral embellishments, and several striking looks in between.

Look through and be sure to let us know which look is your favorite. 

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