Gugu Mbatha-Raw covers Angeleno: pretty or bad fashion?

Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw graces the cover of the December issue of Modern Luxury’s Angeleno magazine. The 32-year-old actress, who first came to our attention in the 2011 Tom Hanks vehicle Larry Crowne and impressed with her starring role in the 2013 period drama Belle, gushed about the Chanel and Carolina Herrera gowns she donned for the shoot, and talked about her role in the upcoming drama Concussion, where she plays the wife of Will Smith.

In the interview, Gugu discussed her efforts to connect with her South African roots – her mother, Anne Raw, is British and her father, Patrick Mbatha, is South African. She recently took the journey to her father’s homeland and told the magazine, “I always knew that I couldn’t knock it out as a quick little holiday. I knew that it would cost something of me, and I needed to give it time. I was like, wow, I’m doing all of these projects that are thematically about identity — maybe that’s a little indicator that that’s something I need to look at.”

2016 looks to be a big year for Gugu. In addition to Concussion, she is set to star in the courtroom drama The Whole Truth with Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger and plays the former slave wife to Matthew McConaughey’s Civil War era freedom fighter in The Free State of Jones.

Let’s talk about that floral suit. Nope. That’s way too busy of a pattern. I’m not crazy about the gown she’s wearing on the cover either (I would like to see the full-length version of that picture, because I can’t imagine an empire waistline on a short girl would do her any favors.) Whoever dressed her for her March Town & Country spread made much better choices. Wardrobe aside, she does look lovely.


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photo credit: and Gavin Bond for Angeleno

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  1. Vylette says:

    She is such a beautiful lady. The cover is doing her no favors. She looks like she smelt dead fish. Love her hair though!

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. And it looks like she could be hiding mass quantities of fish under the dress. So unflattering. She is stunningly gorgeous, though. I don’t even hate the floral suit.

    • Kitten says:

      I think we can all agree that it takes a lot of effort to make this woman look anything less than stunning. That stinkfaced cover does not do her justice. Ditto to the pajama suit (Sorry, T. Fanty!).

  2. lisa2 says:

    So beautiful. Love her hair and everything on the cover.. NOT that suit. She is a stunning woman.

  3. poppy says:

    so beautiful even in the laura ashley wallpaper suit.

  4. Lilacflowers says:

    She is so beautiful and she was great in Belle. Can’t wait to see more of her work.

  5. Renee says:

    She’s gorgeous but the cover is dated.

  6. Miss Gloss says:

    She is a stunner.really liked her in Belle. Looking forward to seeing more of her. She’s talented.

  7. Meatball says:

    She is gorgeous. That cover picture is not great. I can’t wait to see her in more things 👏🏾

  8. Snappyfish says:

    I really didn’t care for Larry Crowne but she was darling in it

  9. Liz says:

    She’s so gorgeous. Been a fan for years, I hope she’s still in the running for the next Star Wars movie.

  10. lower-case deb says:

    love the hair and love her make up.
    she is one Stunning lady.

    but why are her ensembles look like she’s shilling hard for Frau von Trapp’s School of Transformative Furnifashion?
    the suit looks like it’s been sewn from couch cover, the gown looks like its been made from disco dungeon wallpaper and window netting?

    but i have a hard time looking anywhere else because of THAT FACE!

  11. t.fanty says:

    I would wear the hell out of that floral suit, in bed. It looks like fabulous pajamas.

  12. SusanneToo says:

    I’ve been a fan since she played Martha’s sister on Doctor Who(2007). I thought she was one of the most beautiful women ever and still feel that way. And a wonderful actress. I look forward to all her upcoming projects.

  13. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I think the gown on the cover is beautiful. It looks Elizabethan or something. She’s gorgeous.

  14. Naya says:

    That cover! No woman should be this beautiful.

  15. Lucy2 says:

    I don’t care for the styling, but she is so gorgeous. I think I first saw her in the show Undercovers with Boris Kodjoe- they were so beautiful together!

    • SusanneToo says:

      I watched that show – two of the most gorgeous creatures ever on the same screen. What a feast for the eyes.

  16. hd99 says:

    Gugu and Boris kodjoe were smoking hot on that show

  17. EN says:

    I actually like her hair on the cover. And it goes without saying that she is gorgeous. The clothes, though, – no.

  18. AlmondJoy says:

    I am completely obsessed with her so I think she’s gorgeous in anything. I love what she says here about visiting South Africa. She’s so captivating in every role she plays. Heartbreakingly beautiful in Belle and Beyond The Lights and so fun and sassy in Larry Crowne. Thanks for posting about her, Corey!

    • tracking says:

      Agreed, she’s fantastic. One to watch! She’s also gorgeous and could wear a potato sack and look just fine. Like she does here.

  19. j.eyre says:

    I love the idea of the floral suit but I could never carry it (well, I could carry it out of the store, to my closet where I would look at it daily and sigh about how I wish I could wear it)

    I am with you, I would like to see a full length picture of the dress on the cover, it looks quite romantic. Hard to get past looking at her face, though, isn’t it? She is quite beautiful.

  20. What's inside says:

    Completely gorgeous. Vogue cover dress reminds me of that dress Giselle wore to the last Oscars when she was with Leo except better.

  21. I Choose Me says:

    Why are they putting such a beautiful woman in such hideous clothes? Love her eyes and smile haven’t seen anything she’s in yet. Must remedy that soon.

  22. Miss M says:

    She seems familiar, but I know nothing about her. So, I googled her name and found out she went to RADA!

  23. Cee says:

    Loved her in Doctor Who! She is stunning.

  24. chilicat says:

    I went to primary school with her and used to see her occasionally before I moved away from oxford. She has always been beautiful, And Im happy to say she was always a really lovely girl. So I love how she’s doing so well, although it’s really weird seeing someone you used to know in movies.

  25. KCAT says:

    Go Gugu