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'Black Panther' Star Winston Duke Says The Black Women In His Life Have Challenged Him ‘To Be Better and Smarter’


Globally recognized for his role as M’Baku in Black Panther, talented actor Winston Duke sat down with ESSENCE to dish on his towering height, his personal style and what he’s learned from Black women. 

In our new men’s issue (on stands now), Duke is profiled as our Man of Style, and he gave us an earful on all things film and fashion. Check it out!

HIS APPROACH TO FASHION: I try not to follow trends; I dress for my body and my height. Also, tailoring is key. 

HIS ADVICE FOR WOMEN ON UPGRADING THEIR MAN’S WARDROBE: Never try to change the person all at once, simply augment what’s already there. Compliments are also a must. My girl better complements me if I’m wearing something new for her. Ha ha! 

ON THE BLACK PANTHER FILM, AND THE NEW AVENGERSPROJECT: I’m humbled by the reaction and the fact that our movie has grossed over a billion dollars. It’s proof that diverse narratives are worthy of investment and dissemination. The Avengers combines all the best parts of the previous franchises, including Black Panther and Wakanda.

WHAT THE 31-YEAR-OLD HAS LEARNED FROM BLACK WOMEN: I was raised by my mother and my sister, and I have learned how to be a real man from their examples of strength, focus, and dedication.  They also taught me to challenge images and ideas of toxic masculinity from an early age. Everything I am is as a result of the women in my life.

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