2011 Red Carpet Looks

2011 Red Carpet Looks
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 16, 2011

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Viola Davis rocked a layered bob with wispy bangs at the TK. This face-framing style perfectly highlights Viola’s brilliant smile!

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Again, Viola struts her stuff in a softly layered bob with a side part on the red carpet at the TK. Her chandelier earrings are just right for this ear-length look.

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Vanessa Williams took to the red carpet at the Golden Globes in a sleek and sophisticated bone straight style with a classic center part. So chic!

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Toccara showed off her model-esqe cheek bones with soft, shoulder-length curls accented with mocha brown highlights.

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The oh-so chic chignon looks gorgeous on Taraj P. Henson who dazzled on the red carpet of the 2011 Emmy Awards. So easy and so elegant!

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A newcomer to the natural hair scene, Solange rocked a halo of tight curls on the red carpet of the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her tribal dress works perfectly with her au naturale hair.

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At the Golden Globe Awards, Shaun Robinson puts a twist on 30’s-inspired finger waves with this classic style featuring loose curls pulled to one side with a low bun.

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Niecy Nash ditched her trademark hair flower at the NAACP Image Awards in exchange for a low side bun with layered bangs that epitomize red carpet elegance.

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Rihanna’s red-hot side braid at the Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art became one of her most-talked-about looks of the year!

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Paula Patton’s half-up/half-down loosely curled hair at the Dubai International Film Festival is feminine and gorgeous!

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Melanie Fiona made a bold bang statement when she attended this year’s UNICEF Ball. Her long, side ponytail creates a perfectly balanced style.

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Two times the fabulousness! Erica and Tina Campbell are sisters in style at the Black Girls Rock! Awards sporting chunky, layered styles with golden highlights.

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When it comes to evergreen style, no one can compare to Queen Mary. MJB flaunts a trendy topknot accented by her trademark honey highlights for a red carpet look we love!

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Mariah Carey flaunted her long, lush curls – and rockin’ hot post-baby figure- at the annual Noble Gift Gala in London, UK. What’s not to love about this look?

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We absolutely loved Liya Kebede’s bone straight waist-length extensions at the CFDA Fashion Awards this summer. This hairstyle is model worthy indeed!

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Leona Lewis turned up the glam factor in an effortless shoulder-length bob on the red carpet of the Noble Gift Gala.

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LaLa Anthony showed off her dazzling hazel-green eyes in this timeless sleek and polished updo at the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards.

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Kerry Washington picked this low side ponytail with a choppy bang for the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. This tousled style matches perfectly with her asymmetric dress!

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Kerry Washington stepped out at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala with a cascade of curls and side-swept bangs.

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We almost didn’t recognize Kelly Rowland when she strayed away from her signature bone-straight strands and opted for wispy, free-flowing curls at the premiere for “X Factor.” Love it!

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The side-swept ponytail paired with bangs was a big hit on the red carpet this year and Keshia Knight-Pulliam pulled off the look with style and grace.

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Katerina Graham went high-glam with her chunky spiral curls at the on the red carpet of the Water Project event in L.A.

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One of Jennifer Hudson’s biggest ‘wow’ moments of the year was when she appeared at the Academy Awards in a chic updo with a side part. How glamourous!

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J-Hud’s new look is topped off quite nicely in this sleek, mid-length ’do accented with cafe brown low-lights.

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The one and only Iman worked the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala in sizzling honey-blond waves.

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Oprah Winfrey showed that bigger is definitely better when it comes to flaunting show-stopping curls when she sported this lush ’do at the Academy Awards.

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As one of the pioneers of the super-short ‘do, Halle Berry rocked her signature cropped style at this year’s Academy Awards.

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Estelle is one of the few hotties rocking crimson strands these days, and her layered short style at the BET Awards was simply stunning.

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Again, Estelle shows off her rockin’ super-short hair on the red carpet of the American Music Awards.

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Angela Bassett let her curls fly free when she arrived at the ESSENCE Women in Hollywood event this year. Her side-swept layers frame her beautiful cheekbones perfectly!

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Essence Atkins goes for casual elegance with a simple yet chic shoulder-length style at the NAACP Image Awards.

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Channeling old Hollywood glamour, Gabrielle Union attended the ESSENCE Women in Hollywood event wearing a softly curled shoulder-length bob.

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Ciara’s long and flowing Rapunzel-esque hair made waves at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala.

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Anika Noni Rose went for drop dead elegance at this year’s Tony Awards with a winding curls swept into a low side ponytail. She topped off the look with a single flower.

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Again, Anika Noni Rose chooses a classy loosely curled look, this time sans the ponytail.

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Angela Bassett is a big fan of the softly curled side-swept bang and chose this style again for her appearance on the red carpet of the NAACP Image Awards.

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Breakout star Amber Riley played up her beautiful smile in this face-framing style complete with brow-length bangs and chunky spiral curls. Lovely!

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Amber Riley’s romantic shoulder-length curls and sweeping bangs are absolutely angelic!

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