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The Celebrity Afros We're Already Swooning Over This Year

These ladies are happy to let their curls, coils and kinks flourish on the red carpet. 

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By Nikki Brown · September 18, 2017

Last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards delivered a handful of historic wins for people of color, but let’s not overlook the red carpet magic that occurred.

The usual suspects came to slay and gave us plenty of fashion and beauty inspo for fall, but there’s one person we’re particularly enamored with. Uzo Aduba’s head to toe look is worthy of a standing ovation, with her afro being the most headturning element.

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Seeing textured hair on the red carpet is hardly novel, but that doesn’t mean it’s no longer worthy of our adoration. Of course, Uzo isn’t the only A-lister to flaunt her coils and kinks on such a large platform. See who else is vying for the afro crown in 2017 below. 

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The Orange is the New Black actress looked like a beautiful Black queen in this voluminous afro at the Primetime Emmy Awards. 

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In August, the actress went into full on prep mode for Nappily Ever After with this carefree selfie. 


We didn't know wash day could be so fabulous until the Luke Cage star gifted us with this stripped down selfie. Gorgeous! 


The Survivor's Remorse actress' Instagram page is a treasure trove of natural hair inspo 


The model has spent most of 2017 growing out her tapered fro and we're loving the results. 

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The burgeoning model (and daughter of Lauryn Hill) is slaying red carpets and runways in her TWA (teeny weeny afro). 

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The supermodel rarely hits a runway or poses for a magazine sans her signature curls. 

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The Blackish actress is becoming one of our favorite red carpet regulars, thanks in part to her spiral-shaped curls. 

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At this year's ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards, the Insecure actress let her 4C kinks flourish. 

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At this year's MET Gala, the actress and singer became an instant standout in teased out curls. 

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For the L.A. premiere of Descendants 2, the Disney star pumped up the volume in this head-turning hairstyle. 

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At the 2017 Grammy Awards, the singer paired her glitzy jumpsuit with an equally head-turning hairstyle. 

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This year, the Dear White People star has made a point of embracing her au natural curls on and off the red carpet. 

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In April, the All Eyez On Me actress kicked off spring in her biggest and most beautiful hair yet. 

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The Lionbabe has never shied away from embracing her textured mane and 2017 is no exception. 

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The Game of Thrones actress is rarely seen deviating from her signature shoulder-length curls. 

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You'll be hard pressed to find the British singer-songwriter sans her signature curly fro. 

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