Lupita Nyong'o: "Our Hair Is Like Clay"

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ESSENCE's online entertainment editor Yolanda Sangweni spoke with Lupita Nyong'o on the Black Women in Hollywood red carpet and acknowledged her impact on the natural hair community: "I'm seeing [the influence] right now," she said as she pointed to Sangweni's side-parted teeny afro.

The 12 Years A Slave actress shined with a sparkling jeweled headband.

Speaking on the versatility of her style, she said: "Our hair is like clay. You can mold it into whatever you want it to be!"

She also shouted-out her super-talented stylists, Larry Sims and Ted Gibson, who "take it to another level." We were also feeling Nyong'o's cooper-toned mani,  likely by her go-to manicurist, New York Fashion Week regular, Deborah Lippmann.

The live stream of the 7th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood red-carpet aired Thursday at 2:30 p.m. EST. Catch a recap of the action here.