Guest of Honor: Fashion Sits Front Row at the 2023 NAACP Image Awards

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And just like that, Black History Month comes to a close with an electrifying night dedicated to highlighting the vast contributions of Blackness through music, film, and social justice initiatives. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People televised the final dispersion of the 2023 NAACP Image awards; hosted by entertainment icon Queen Latifah and heavily attended by Black Hollywood’s beloved. The presentation was filled with several standout moments, the most anticipated of the night being “Entertainer of the Year”, won by Angela Basset for her powerful performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

However, the public praised some additional awardees such as Niccon Annan earning “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” for his portrayal of Uncle Clifford in the Starz series P-Valley. As well as celebrating Quinta Brunson’s continued winning streak, taking home another accolade for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” as Janine in Abbott Elementary.

In tandem with the ceremony stage, this year’s red carpet was also quite the show, as the attendees brought their A game in what some would say is the most infamous category; fashion. A notable observation was the differentiated representation of designers, as stylists took to a mix of expected luxury brands while also taking the opportunity to showcase upcoming names on such a major night. We dare say this has been the best dressed red carpet of the 2023 award show season.

Here’s our list of award worthy fashion looks from this year’s esteemed guests.

Marsai Martin

Designer: Christian Siriano

Stylist: Byron Javar

Photographer: Brandon Almengo

Shoniqua Shandai

Designer: Angel Ayala Couture

Stylist: Self Dressed

Photographer: Eric Michael

Quinta Brunson

Designer: Dunda

Stylist: Byron Javar

Photographer: Tyren Redd

KJ Smith

Designer: Harbison Studio

Stylist: Ade Samuel

Photographer: Gerson Lopes

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Designer: Pistis Ghana

Stylist: Ivy Coco Maurice

Photographer: Dave the 4th


Designer: Versace

Stylist: Law Roach

Photographer: Alexandra Alva

Alexis Floyd

Designer: Albina Dyla

Stylist: Jennifer Udechukwu

Photographer: Cecile Boko

Shannon Thornton

Designer: Tony Ward Couture

Stylist: Byron Javar

Photographer: Tayo Kuku

Angela Bassett

Designer: Greta Constantine

Stylist: Jennifer Austin

Image: via Instagram @jlynnstyle18

Written by Fashion Director Dara Adams

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