Marvel studio's movie Black Panther is not only breaking box-office records but is giving us major culture celebration goals. The movie's makeup, hairstyles, costumes, ornaments and other accessories are a celebration of beauty in its natural form.
If you have seen the movie, you know the cultural threads that embroidered the fictitious city of Wakanda. Co-existence of different tribes is the reality in African tribes. The makeup artists and hairdressers carried out a thorough research before putting up the look of the film.
How did the hairdressers and makeup artists zero-in on Black Panther film's makeup and hairstyle?
"Excited. Overwhelmed. It's funny I was actually working on Guardians of the Galaxy when producer Nate Moore at Marvel gave me a call and was like 'We want you to do Black Panther. Anytime you have an opportunity to create a whole new universe, you can't miss that. But especially as a black woman, for the black community, I took it really, really seriously. This is the first black superhero so you want to give him the best coming out party. I hope we did that with this movie," the film's lead hairstylist, Camille Friend exclaimed in an Interview with people.com.
Most talked about looks of Black Panther:
- Angela Basset's grey dreadlocks created for her character Queen Ramonda
- Lupita Nyongo's hairstyle termed as 'Wakanda-knots' as Nakia
- Danai Gurira's shaved head with a head tattoo
- Full-body scars on Michael B. Jordan's character, Killmonger
- Letitia Wright's character, Princess of Wakanda aka Shuri
"I hope that message is received and embraced. Certainly that was first and foremost, being respectful and honouring the heritage we were drawing from. We didn't go down a path for our makeup looks simply because they looked interesting and cool. There's meaning behind all of it, and we were very conscious about making sure that came first," said makeup designer Joel Harlow, while talking to Refinery29.
Various African tribes are the inspiration of several iconic looks like using lip plates, headgears, intricate ornaments, Basotho blankets, masks, neck rings, and so on. The film Black Panther has inspired movie-goers to try and dress up as the people of Wakanda. Women of Africa are very excited to see the Marvel superheroes who have set some major fashion trends.
Most of the looks are being recreated and everyone is trying to dress up as the characters of the film. Have you seen the film yet? Go catch in the theatres and try out the tribal-inspired makeup and various hairstyles shown in the film!
Here is a makeup tutorial for your help:
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