The Best Looks From the 2021 NAACP Image Awards


From Issa Rae in Prada to Tracee Ellis Ross in Schiaparelli, the virtual red carpet did not disappoint.

No red carpet? No problem. The 2021 NAACP Image Awards were a five-night celebration of outstanding work by people of colour in the entertainment industry, which culminated in a star-studded awards ceremony over the weekend of March 27-28. And even though the show was forced to go virtual this year, celebrities did not hold back from sporting red-carpet worthy looks. Here are some of the best.

Regina King

The One Night in Miami director donned a custom Oscar de la Renta taffeta gown with a statement-making bow on the back. She paired the dress with Stuart Weitzman shoes.

Issa Rae

To pick up her Outstanding Actress in a Comedy trophy, Insecure mastermind Issa Rae opted for a glam white Prada dress.

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross pulled double duty at the ceremony, starting the night with a bold Schiaparelli look before changing into a ’90s-inspired look by Alberta Ferretti which she accented with Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti jewellery.

Viola Davis

To accept her two (!) awards at the event (one for Best Actress in a Drama Series for the final season of How to Get Away with Murder, and one for her Oscar-nominated turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Viola Davis sported a pretty floral frock Duro Olowu.

Janelle Monáe

Nominee Janelle Monáe wore an elegant Christian Siriano gown with chunky gold jewellery by Jennifer Fisher.

Cynthia Erivo

Cynthia Erivo stunned in a sparkly netted Lanvin dress.

Jurnee Smollett

Lovecraft Country star Jurnee Smollett was more than happy to celebrate losing to her “queen” Viola Davis while wearing a black and green gown by Alexandre Vauthier.

Yara Shahidi

Growni-sh star Yara Shahidi went for casual elegance in luxe monogrammed pyjamas by Dior.

Angela Bassett

The iconic Angela Bassett opted a long black dress by London-based designer Graham Cruz.

Marsai Martin

Black-ish star and award winner Marsai Martin dressed for the occasion in a feathery Christian Siriano look.

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