Lupita’s Met Gala Hair Paid Homage to Black Art and Camp

The star's look at the 2019 Met Gala proves, yet again, that she’s one of Hollywood’s finest fashionistas

Lupita Nyong’o second MET Gala look for the after-party

With the help of celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois, blockbuster actress Lupita Nyong’o surely got the memo of the theme of “Camp: Notes on Fashion.”

Her dress, designed by Versace, was a wow-factor, combining a star-pattern pink dress with rainbow-colored wing-like shoulders, as well as a matching purse. The look was bold, daring, colorful and, most importantly, incredibly campy. Nyong’o’s makeup complimented the outfit perfectly. What really stood out, however, was her hair, more so due to its hidden meaning.

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The “Us” star debuted a towering afro on the pink carpet with five golden picks positioned throughout it. The hairstyle fit the look perfectly, of course, but the deep meaning behind it made it even more special. In a picture of Lupita posted to Instagram, Vernon explained why they chose to go for an afro with picks. He wrote, “I drew so many inspirations from our heritage in particular a self portrait by @laurendkelley “Pickin” as well as #MarieAntoinette and considering the portions of #lupitanyongo dress and of course the theme.”

Vernon added, “Our goal is to continue to demonstrate the power of our hair #texture that it is the most moldable and luxurious #hair texture there is.” Many quickly commented on the post sharing their love for the hairstyle and appreciation of the cultural significance behind it. One user wrote, ” Vernon your absolutely brilliant babes. your creativity is unmatched,” while another said, “Every time you take it to a new level we didn’t even know existed! Another job well done.”

Honestly, the entire look — head to toe — was on fleek.