I Dressed Up to See Black Panther Because Representation Matters

Wakanda Salute Black Panther

If you need proof on why we need to see more diversity on our screens, let these numbers sit with you. During its second weekend in theaters, Black Panther has made over $700 million worldwide. Those numbers are completely unheard of when it comes to films that feature a predominantly black cast and tell stories about the black experience.

As I watched the film, the biggest thing that resonated with me is that women of color are at the center of everything. The Dora Milaje, an all female group of warriors, are Wakanda’s first line of defense. It’s Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, that we see leading the fight to open Wakanda’s resources to outsiders. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa is the king, but the women are the moving pieces that hold everything together.

Growing up, I never dreamed of seeing someone on TV who looked like me, let alone a superhero. Every single female character in Black Panther both embraces and celebrates her natural hair.

This inspired me to rock my natural afro and wear a dress that I picked up at an African style boutique.

wakanda salute black panther

Fenty Beauty’s bold lipstick and highlighter were two of the makeup products I trusted for this occasion. I decided to keep it simple and let my outfit do the talking. I stuck with hues of gold and brown to accentuate the gorgeous print on my dress. Once I was done applying, I felt like a QUEEN.

Rihanna Fenty Beauty Makeup

Rihanna Fenty Beauty Makeup

Here’s a breakdown of my look:

1. Primer

Hello Fab Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28
Hello Fab Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28

 

2. Highlighter

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife, $34
Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife, $34

3. Eyeshadow

Golden State Of Mind Shadow Palette, $18
Golden State Of Mind Shadow Palette, $18

4. Mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $23

5. Lipstick

Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in PMS, $18
Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in PMS, $18

6. Headscarf

Lightweight Printed Neckerchief for Women, $8.99
Lightweight Printed Neckerchief for Women, $8.99

 

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Cassandra is a beauty and lifestyle writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. Follow her on Instagram at @_cassandrarose.

16 thoughts on “I Dressed Up to See Black Panther Because Representation Matters

  1. Your outfit is great. I saw the movie last week and loved it. I was so happy that the lead was surrounded by so many strong women. Not something you would normally see in Hollywood.

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  2. Haven’t seen the movie yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. Your makeup routine is so similar to mine, and I love your outfit!

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  3. You look awesome! My son has been talking about Black Panther for 4 years. He loves super heroes and for some reason Black Panther has always been his favorite. We saw the movie last night and it was AMAZING. I am telling everyone to go see it. The movie is even better than Wonder Woman representing strong females and now it is one of my favorites!

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  4. You are rocking that entire look, so pleased to see you were inspired by the movie and that is is smashing the box office!

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  5. The dress you wore looks super comfy for an event where you will be sitting. Good choice. Love the bright colors. I have not seen the movie yet, but love all the praises it’s getting.

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