From her early acting career to her current courageous activism work,
Amandla Stenberg is on a quest to change the world. She began her career on the Disney Channel, and shortly thereafter landed the role of Rue in “The Hunger Games,” immediately taking her career up a level. Now, she’s fearlessly addressing gender and cultural issues in America all while displaying an enviable personal style. Whether she’s rocking sweet tulle dresses, 70’s-inspired printed frocks, or bright menswear looks, Stenberg is doing the red carpet her own way. In celebration of her 18th birthday today, here’s a look back at her style transformation from 2012 to now. Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage
November 2011: For a very early red carpet appearance at the Nickelodeon TeenNick HALO Awards, Amandla Stenberg looked darling in a pink satin and lace one-shoulder dress. She completed this look with minimal accessories and low black peep-toe heels.
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November 2011: The pre-teen actress looked angelic on the red carpet of BAFTA Britannia Awards wearing a white midi cocktail dress with gold scrappy sandals. The dress featured a sweetheart neckline and mid-length tulle skirt out of a fairytale.
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March 2012: Channeling the Little Mermaid at the premiere of “The Hunger Games” in Los Angeles, Stenberg wore an ombre mint green Collette Dinnigan sequined dress. She paired her dress with metallic scrappy sandals and a box clutch.
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November 2012: At the 2012 premiere of “The Twilight Saga; Breaking Dawn Part 2” in LA, the starlet posed on the red carpet in a nostalgic 90’s look. She opted for a multicolored H&M tea dress and clear jelly sandals.
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February 2013: Stenberg attended the 44th NAACP Image Awards wearing a beautiful frothy ivory frock, accessorized with gold glitter sandals and a headband.
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March 2013: The starlet went young and fresh for her look at the 2013 Kid’s Choice Awards. She opted for a vivid teal mini dress with a full skirt and sleek black peep-toe sandals.
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February 2014: In 2014, Stenberg debuted a bold style that she would soon come to favor while at the Costume Designers Guild Awards. She wore an oversized turtleneck, tailored black trousers, cool Mary Jane pumps and dark metallic lipstick.
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April 2014: Not giving up on her sweetheart style just yet, the star opted for a modern princess-like look at the Jimmy Choo 2014 launch of CHOO.08. She wears a tulle skirt, with a black satin crop top and yellow ankle-strap sandals for a pop of color.
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May 2015: At the Women in Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards, Stenberg paired her new grey braided locks with a dark metallic grey frock. Keeping the focus on her new ‘do and dress she went for a barely there understated tan suede sandal.
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November 2015: Donning a futurist shiny blue Phelan dress with cutouts, the starlet looked chic and fearless as she posed on the red carpet of the “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” premiere. She kept the shine coming as she paired metallic silver Christian Louboutin pumps with this look.
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January 2106: Never shying from color, Stenberg paired a bright red lip and blue suede platforms with her fitted rose pink Stella McCartney polo top and maxi skirt at the designers Fall 2016 presentation .
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January 2016: Channeling a vampy school girl, the actress paired a charcoal wool duster coat with a graphic t-shirt and plaid skirt for
Glamour’s 2016 Women Rewriting Hollywood lunch. She completed her outfit with a pair of chunky olive combat boots and a deep burgundy lip. Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs
February 2016: The actress-turned-activist (and burgeoning style icon) arrived to the Marc Jacobs Fall 2016 show in full look from the designer: A red silk blouse, face-print pencil skirt and cool multicolored cross trainers. Her hair and makeup gave Princess Leia-went-to-the-disco vibes.
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April 2016: Returning to her retro menswear-inspired style, Stenberg attended the 2016 Black Girls Rock! BET event in orange Moschino pantsuit and chartreuse shirt look. She finished her look with a black leather lace-up shoe.
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May 2016: At the 2016 Met Ball, the starlet stunned in a 70’s-inspired merlot Calvin Klein satin wide-leg pantsuit. This three piece suit featured a bandeau styled top under the blazer and exuded power as it read playful conservative.
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August 2016: Stenberg went for a bohemian-inspired brown suede tank and skirt with red leather ankle booties at the”‘Morris From America” premiere and youth talent show. She accessorized with long box braids.