We could wait until late September when Mixed-ish is slated to debut on ABC’s fall lineup to talk about Tika Sumpter’s deep melanin beauty. But why wait. That chocolate-hued skin and perfectly coifed hair has been giving us all the feels for the past year, and through the summer, so we want to shout about it.
There’s nothing “ish” about her flyness, she’s fierce. She’s also perfected that Mona Lisa smile—never letting on what she’s really thinking behind that curious and interesting expression (unless she tells you on social media).
We know from her roster (The Game, The Haves and the Have Nots, Southside With You, Nobody’s Fool) that she’s got the talent. So her red carpet and social media beauty moments simply remind us that she’s the package, also embodying the looks.
Here’s to that mischievous smile, and a celebration of her Black beauty. May it forever continue to bloom as we look back on a year of red carpet and social media beauty moments that we can’t get enough of.
At The 50th NAACP Image Awards
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 30: Tika Sumpter attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/FilmMagic)
With Twists On Social Media
ABC's TCA Summer Press Tour Carpet Event
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 05: Tika Sumpter attends ABC's TCA Summer Press Tour Carpet Event on August 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
The NYC Premiere For Nobody's Fool
US actress Tika Sumpter attends the New York premiere of "Nobody's Fool" at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on October 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Looking Like A Golden Goddess
"The Old Man & The Gun" New York Premiere
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Tika Sumpter attends the "The Old Man & The Gun" premiere at Paris Theatre on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
SiriusXM's EW Spotlight With The Cast Of "Nobody's Fool"
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Actress Tika Sumpter attends SiriusXM's EW Spotlight with the cast of "Nobody's Fool" on October 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
A Piercing Expression Through Flawless Eye Makeup
ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Tika Sumpter attends ELLE's 25th Annual Women In Hollywood Celebration presented by L'Oreal Paris, Hearts On Fire and CALVIN KLEIN at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for ELLE Magazine)
A Press Conference For "Nobody's Fool"
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Tika Sumpter at the "Nobody's Fool" Press Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on October 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Representing The Ladies With Hair Laid
2018 Toronto International Film Festival
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Tika Sumpter arrives at the Fox Searchlight TIFF Party during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival at the Four Seasons Centre For The Performing Arts on September 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HBO's Golden Globe Awards After Party
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Tika Sumpter arrives at HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
In Big Curls And That Calm Smile
2019 Walt Disney Television Upfront
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 14: Actress Tika Sumpter attends the 2019 Walt Disney Television Upfront at Tavern On The Green on May 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Tika Sumpter arrives to the 2018 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images)