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Janelle Monáe Makes Case for Daring See-Through Dressing & Heels at Critics Choice Awards Red Carpet 2023

Janelle Monáe made a striking arrival at the 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards. Monáe will receive the SeeHer Award during the ceremony tonight. The award honors a woman who advocates for gender equality, portrays characters authentically and defies stereotypes in the entertainment industry. Kate Hudson, who co-starred with her on Netflix’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out,” will present the award. 

The “Hidden Figures” star donned a floor-length black sheer gown complete with intricate ruching throughout and precise cutouts at her hips. The gown was designed with a high neckline, creating a charming and appealing silhouette. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Janelle Monáe attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)
Janelle Monáe attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles.
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Monáe coupled the gown with simple accessories, which included an edgy diamond ear cuff. She also wore dainty diamond rings on her black and white manicured fingers. Celebrity hairstylist Nikki Nelms styled the actress’s blonde hair in a short pixie cut with black accessories.

The “The Electric Lady” songbird selected open-toe heels for footwear to complete the look. The signature style hoisted the getup by at least 3 inches and flawlessly matched the rest of her look. Monáe’s footwear arsenal is full of eclectic styles from brands like Stuart Weitzman and Giuseppe Zanotti.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: (EDITOR’S NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Janelle Monáe attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Janelle Monáe attends the 28th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on Jan. 15 in Los Angeles.
CREDIT: Getty Images

Many of Monáe’s looks are curated by her longtime stylist, Alexandra Mandelkorn, who also styles Jurnee Smollett, Christina Ricci, and Rachel Brosnahan. The actress is known for her avant-garde sense of style. During the promo tour of “A Knives Out,” she traveled the world showing off sculpted and textual gowns, as well as androgynous outfits, wearing Thom Browne, Christian Siriano, Iris Van Herpen and Elie Saab.

The 2023 Critics’ Choice Awards honors the achievements of filmmaking and television programming selected by the more than 600 members who complete the Critics Choice Association. This year, Chelsea Handler will host the star-studded event held at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Austin Butler, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Ke Huy Quan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Cruise and Janelle Monae are some of the nominees expected to attend the prestigious event.

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