Lupita Nyong’o certainly turned heads with her choice of outfit for the 76th annual Tony Awards on Sunday when she showed up putting on a black tuxedo and a silver breastplate that was cast and molded from her own body.
The ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ star was all smiles on the red carpet, choosing to pair the eye-catching outfit with minimal silver jewelry and a bold tattoo-like pattern on her shaved head.
The metallic breastplate was custom designed by a Pakistani artist and fashion designer Misha Japanwala, Nyong’o shared in an Instagram post last night where she captioned the look a” SHAMELESS OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE | Tony Awards 2023″.
“Honored, humbled, strengthened and energized to don this breastplate created by @mishajapanwala, which she cast and molded of my body,” the actress wrote in the caption. “In her artistic process, she creates a realistic and true record of a person’s body as an act of resistance and celebration, and an insistence on being allowed to exist freely in our bodies.”
Apart from thanking Japanwala, Nyong’o also shared a message from the artist detailing the inspiration behind her work.
“‘My craft pertains to documenting our existence in the most truthful way I possibly can — I change nothing about the body and how it looks. I think that act of surrendering and allowing our bodies to simply be, is such a beautiful and powerful thing,'” Japanwala said, as quoted by Nyong’o in her caption.
Nyong’o was previously nominated for a Tony Award in 2016 for her performance in “Eclipsed,” a play written by Danai Gurira, per Women’s Wear Daily.
Although the 40-year-old actress has long been known for her red-carpet style, which includes bright colors and funky patterns, this outfit is probably one of her boldest and most daring looks yet.
The actress, who is no stranger to making bold fashion choices, turned heads in the eye-catching piece, which was moulded to her body and covered in silver studs.
Nyong’o paired the breastplate with a sleek black tuxedo jacket and pants, as well as a pair of black pumps and a statement necklace. She also accessorized with a pair of silver earrings and a black clutch.
“I wanted to wear something that was both elegant and empowering,” Nyong’o told reporters on the red carpet. “I think this breastplate is a perfect representation of that.”
Nyong’o’s look was a hit with fans and critics alike, and it is sure to be remembered as one of the most memorable red carpet-looks of the year.