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Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Red Carpet Moments, from 12 Years a Slave to Queen of Katwe

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In 2013, Lupita Nyong’o’s scene-stealing role in 12 Years a Slave catapulted her into the public eye. At the same time, she emerged as a fully fledged style icon with a knack for color and texture. Her sartorial cred extents from the red carpet to the front row — she regularly wears adventurous designs from the likes of Mary Katrantzou and Monse in addition to stalwarts like Dior and Calvin Klein. Over the past 12 months, she’s had a particularly bustling schedule, ranging from her role in Broadway’s Eclipsed to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Jungle Book, and Queen of Katwe. And fashion-wise, she’s hardly hit a false note yet. In honor of the actress’s birthday, here’s a look back at her best looks.

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Though nothing could diminish our love for Nyong’o, her outfit of choice for the SAG Awards—a turquoise Gucci dress and matching makeup—was a little too blue for our tastes.

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Nyong’o’s pretty vintage Valentino dress at Entertainment Weekly’s SAG Awards Pre-Party demonstrated her masterful style.

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Nyong’o looked sweet at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in a light pink, printed Dior dress and Paul Andrew blue velvet pumps. Mise en Dior blue pearl earrings (the trendiest accessory of the season) and a Judith Leiber clutch polished off the pretty look.

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In a glamorous green Dior at the BAFTAs—accessorized with a gold metal belt and cuffs, no less—the star reminded us what Hollywood is all about.

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Lupita Nyong’o in 2014.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada at the 2014 Met Gala.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 86th Annual Academy Awards in 2014 wearing Prada.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars in 2015.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci at Cannes in 2015.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Golden Globes.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Alessandra Rich in 2015. Photo by Getty Images

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Lupita Nyong’o in Dior and Sophia Webster in 2014. Photo by StartraksPhoto.com.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Gucci in New York, New York, March 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Balmain on Late Night with Seth Meyers, March 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Dolce & Gabbana at Variety’s Power of Women lunch in New York, New York, April 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala for Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology in New York, New York, May 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Boss at the 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, New York, June 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in DPipertwins at the Fem the Future Pre-VMAs Brunch hosted by Janelle Monáe in New York, New York, August 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Carolina Herrera at the premiere of Queen of Katwe at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Mary Katrantzou at the Vanity Fair and Tiffany & Co. dinner in her honor in Toronto, Canada, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Erdem on Jimmy Kimmel Live, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo attend a screening of Queen of Katwe on September 25, 2016 in New York City.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Kibonen NY promoting Queen of Katwe at Sirius XM Studios in New York, New York, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Elie Saab at the premiere of Queen of Katwe in Hollywood, California, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in an Escada coat at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Monse leaving The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2016 Met Gala.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Monse at a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York, New York, September 2016.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Boss at the 70th annual Tony Awards in New York, New York, June 2016. Photo by Getty Images.

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Lupita Nyong’o in Bally in 2017. Photo by Richard Young.