The 28th annual Critics' Choice Awards took place in California overnight, bringing with it a list of incredible red carpet looks. One of the best-dressed celebrities in our eyes, though, was Janelle Monáe. The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery star opted for a show-stopping see-through dress that, quite literally, stole the show.
For the occasion, Janelle opted for a ruched halterneck design by Vera Wang, featuring plenty of ruching down the front and back, teamed with a couple of unexpected cut-outs on the hips. The actor kept the accessories to the minimum, save for a statement ear cuff, keeping the focus on the dress. As for beauty details, Janelle repped black winged eyeliner, with hair styled in tight braids featuring strands of textured yarn to match their dress.
In addition to delivering first-class fashion, the non-binary actor/musician/author, who uses both they/she pronouns (confirmed in The LA Times last year), was up for a handful of prestigious awards on the night.
Janelle was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Knives Out, and went on to win the SeeHer Award - a title which celebrates, "a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters with authenticity, defies stereotypes, and pushes boundaries." Previous winners of the award include Zendaya, Viola Davis, Gal Gadot and Halle Berry.
The actor's acceptance speech went like this: "I'm Janelle Monáe and my pronouns are she/her/they/them and free-ass motherf*cker."
Janelle then went on to explain how much the award meant to them. "There were so many times in my life where I did not see me. I couldn't see my light. I couldn't see past my circumstances. If you know my story, I wasn't supposed to make it out of Kansas City, Kansas, and be here tonight. I wasn't. I didn't see the vision clearly for myself. I couldn't see my gift. I couldn't see what my purpose was supposed to be at that time, but thank you God, so many other people did."
"This is a deeply personal choice for me because I grew up to working-class parents, my mother was a janitor my father was a trash man and my grandmother was a sharecropper in Aberdeen Mississippi. It's personal because I am nonbinary. I am queer and my identity influences my decisions and my work.
"I have always believed that through storytelling, we are able to shed light on the human experience, and experience that most people around this world won't get an opportunity to see.
"So to anyone out there like me watching right now, I just want you to know that I see you, but I challenge you to see you."
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