Today marks the 12thAnniversary of the annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood gala, and the stars turned out wearing their Thursday Best.
Bevy Smith walked the red carpet looking amazing in a cinched-waist, bell-sleeved, cheetah-printed dress accessorized with large gold earrings, a gold bracelet and gold heels. Though when we asked Smith who she was wearing, she not only revealed the designer’s name, but also had a few choice words for the fashion industry itself.
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“Based on everything that’s going on in fashion right now, I’ve made a conscious decision that I’m going to start wearing smaller [-named] designers and try to incorporate more designers of color into my wardrobe,” she said.
Smith also revealed to ESSENCE’S own Joi-Marie McKenzie and guest correspondent Gia Peppers that this is her first time attending a BWIH event without wearing a major fashion brand. With McKenzie’s help, we learned that Smith’s dress was purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue and made by Kobi Halperin, an emerging Israeli-born designer.
Bevy Smith attends our 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon wearing a cheetah-print dress by Kobi Halperin. (Photo by Getty Images)