Tessa Thompson used to wear her own clothes to red carpet events

Tessa Thompson used to wear her own clothes to red carpet events

Tessa Thompson is a little "embarrassed" by the outfits she used to wear to Hollywood events.

The actress has risen to fame since appearing in films such as Selma, Rocky spin-off film Creed and Thor: Ragnarok.

In addition to winning acclaim for her performances, Tessa is fast becoming one to watch on the red carpet, though she freely admits that it took her some time to find her groove with fashion.

"My early looks are embarrassing but really sweet," she told actress Emily Robinson in an interview for InStyle magazine. "It didn’t occur to me for a really long time to even have a stylist. In a way, that girl was cooler and bolder than the girl who has a lot of people fretting over what she's wearing. I would just show up in my own clothes."

Tessa now works with celebrity stylists such as Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald on her attire. She stepped out at the 2018 Vanity Fair & Lancome Paris’ Toast Women party in a gold Alberta Ferretti ensemble and a gorgeous silver number from Ralph & Russo dress at the 2018 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Oscars Luncheon, though she still counts one particular look as a favourite.

"(My most memorable look is) probably a Rodarte dress I wore to the N.Y.C. premiere of Selma (in 2014). Rodarte has been such an inspiration to me over the years," the 34-year-old shared.

When it comes to her outfits, Tessa tends to take inspiration from stars who experiment with unisex looks, such as Prince, Grace Jones, Tilda Swinton and Diane Keaton. And she also attempts to evoke some sort of message in her outfits too.

"There's a lot of meaning in what we wear. Like for the Emmys last year, I'd been thinking a lot about the way the LGBTQ community is represented in the media. The fact that I wore a rainbow Rosie Assoulin dress certainly wasn't an accident," she added.

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