The Beauty Looks in Black Panther Will Go Down in History—Here's Why

It's impossible to explain the magnitude of Marvel Studios' latest film, Black Panther. The words revolutionary, empowering, and transformative come to mind when recapping the importance of this movie. The film sparked an onset of cultural conversations that are so incredibly necessary in the racial climate we are in right now in a way that has not been done before. It portrayed a raw portrait of the ongoing fight of race, power, and representation of being black in America. Hence the rapid response it achieved on social media. It's not just a movie—it's a movement.

I appreciated many aspects of the movie—most importantly, the black representation that isn't normally shown in mainstream movies. However, the beauty looks were truly transformative. The women in Wakanda were portrayed in the most fearless ways. Lupita Nyong'o's character, Nakia; Angela Bassett's character, Ramonda; Danai Gurira's character, Okoye; and Letitia Wright's character, Shuri, all display stunning renditions of tribal beauty through their makeup and hair looks. The film takes Afrocentric beauty to the next level—it's an essential aspect of the plot of Wakanda. The Afrocentric beauty in this movie is not an accessory. Instead, it is raw representation.