Zendaya in Versace at the NAACP Image Awards: stunning or dated?

Here are some photos from this weekend’s NAACP Image Awards. Zendaya, as always, was a huge hit on the red carpet. She’s such a Fashion Girl, my God. What’s amazing about Zendaya is how she elevates boring or even bad looks. Like, this Versace gown is – by itself – not all that great. The little fabric suction cups on her chest are simply a bad design element. But the effect overall is that Zendaya looks amazing, because she’s so beautiful and fresh. I love her lil’ haircut too, that length is PERFECT on her.

Blac Chyna looks surprisingly put together in this orange gown. I dislike orange, in general, and the shoulders of the dress bug me, but whatever. This was an okay appearance for her.

Yara Shahidi in a mullet dress – to me, Yara is a lot like Zendaya in that they’re young and they have great fashion sense and a lot of young people are incredibly inspired by them. This look is a miss though – the color is the only thing I like.

Regina Hall – I actually love this dress? It looks so cool. Zendaya would be fire in this dress.

Sophia Bush looked dowdy as hell, but good for her.

Shannon Thornton in Tony Ward. This is such a throwback look to the early ‘00s. Paris Hilton used to wear dresses like this all the time.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Meg says:

    If we want to stop making things so hard for us women in general and how we are held to different standards, can we stop with these posts where the headlines literally ask us to judge and pick between two extremes? You can argue it’s in good fun but this just perpetuates that women will always be measured by looks and not contributions.

    • Tulipworthy says:

      I disagree with your comments. We are discussing the dress not the wearer.

    • Kaiser says:

      The goal of any fashion headline is to get people to click on the post and look at the photos and talk about the fashion.

    • laura says:

      i don’t mind the picking between the two extremes as much as the who wore it better, or who looked best posts. those irk me more. please don’t post those anymore. it literally forces us to compare women.

      • Kokiri says:


        You gave yourself away there. When I compare fashion, I’m comparing the dress, the design/colour, & the styling.
        I’m not comparing the women wearing them.

        The fact you are comparing the women, as per your post, is your work.

      • Danbury says:

        Agreed @kokiri. I’m always looking at the outfits, the fashion. I don’t use it to compare the women as people.

      • mamacita says:

        @Kokiri the title is literally “who wore it the best”…that by default is asking us to judge which woman looked the best. that’s what @laura is saying. i also don’t like those headlines.

      • surfchick says:

        @Danbury and @Kokiri. there’s a problematic side to just seeing these women as essentially hangers too. but i won’t get into that. i get wat @laura is saying, she’s saying it sucks that we put these pretty pictures of women up and make people pick the woman which looks the best, which is mostly based on ideal standards of beauty and who has the money for the best stylist and luck with getting the best dress. you can showcase fashion/styling of celebrity women without priming readers to make comparisons.

    • Susan says:

      Please don’t stop these posts! I enjoy them. I can’t speak for all people but when you get glammed up and wear dresses worth more than my monthly income for these events, you are seeking attention. We are not body shaming, we are just talking dress and styling (which one could argue is more of a judgement on the stylists, not the actress!)

    • otaku fairy says:

      I don’t think there’s anything bad about this kind of post. The only exception is when the headline is asking us to decide if a woman’s look is (adjective) or “trashy”, because then it’s inviting the audience to slut-shame someone. But it doesn’t seem like there’s been one of those in a while.👍

  2. girl_ninja says:

    Why is Chyna even there? It takes so much time and money for women to get a look together for these awards I appreciate them all. Zendaya and Regina slayed.

  3. Whyforthelove says:

    Zen data looks stunningly beautiful here. She is a fantastic presence. Chyna being there is a bit ummm interesting.

  4. Chaine says:

    Oh dear, on the one hand her whole look reminds me of early 90’s Cindy Crawford in a good way, but on the other hand it looks like she is wearing breast pumps, thumbs down on that. Shannon Thornton’s is the best look of this bunch, yes it’s dated but she looks great in it, very regal.

  5. Frippery says:

    Um, stunning. Why is this even a question? Zendaya would be stunning in flip flops and a ratty bathrobe.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I don’t particularly like the dress but Zendaya looks stunning, I feel like she can pull off almost everything.

    • ama1977 says:

      Agree. She is lovely. The top of the dress is bad IMO; the green circles are weird. If the black part of the bodice extended further up/over (narrower and/or shallower V), it would look much better. The shape is good, and Zendaya is gorgeous.

      Everyone looks so pretty in this weekend’s fashion posts!! No oily-look slicked back hair, no unflattering makeup, very few true misses with gowns (and even on those few, the women themselves look good, it’s just an unfortunate design choice.) I’m actually a little bit excited to see Oscars fashion!

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Agreed. Z is beautiful, and no garment can take that away, but it’s a horrible dress. The seams on the stipes look poorly made, and the circles look awkward and poorly placed. This is one of my least favorite looks she’s ever worn.

  7. Annalise/Typical Virgo says:

    Regina Hall’s dress is definitely my fave, and she’s SO talented, too. I loved her in that show where Nicole Kidman is dosing everyone with hallucinagenics at some crazy resort. Regina was amazing in it

  8. Angelica Schuyler says:

    Zendaya was STUNNING! She ATE!!!!!
    You have to see the video to see how she moved in the dress, how she worked those poses. She was absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Gizmo’sMa says:

    I have missed Zendaya on the red carpet. I was excited to see her looks this weekend. This dress is just ok. I don’t like the hip flaps. However her styling is on point. I loved her wearing this dress. And She loved it. The way she moved and posed. She was having so much fun!

    I feel the opposite about Yara. Her dress is so cute and fun. I like it. I do not like her styling. It’s way too mature.

    PS. That’s the best Black Chyna has ever looked.

  10. SAS says:

    I’m sure I read Zendaya’s was vintage Versace? I liked it a lot better than the fussy pink SAG dress.

    Regina’s looks like a plastic piñata to me.

    • Regina George says:

      Yeah exactly, Zendaya’s dress might seem “dated” cuz it’s vintage Versace. And she rocked it!!

  11. BQM says:

    #zendaya and #tomholland were trending because she looked so banging at the naacp and sag awards. People were saying Tom must feel like he’s won at life. Part of me wishes he’d accompanied her because they’re so cute and part of me is glad they don’t over expose themselves. They just had a few weeks vacation together, at least partly in the Caribbean, so it probably helped Zendaya look so relaxed and glowing.

  12. BB says:

    Zendaya looks fire, Chyna looks good. I don’t like the other looks.

  13. Jm says:

    Zendaya is so stunning omg. She would have been a powerhouse supermodel back in the 80s and 90s if she had been born earlier

  14. Lux says:

    Zendaya just slays. While the silhouette is ladylike and classic, she just injects freshness and edge. The neon green is a fun jolt of color, as I can easily see this in the classic black and white. I wonder if this was during Gianni’s time? Am so sick of the bodycon bandaged/bedazzled bondage looks of present day Versace…this is definitely a new bar—if you can make Versace look classy, you’ve got it.

  15. Kittenmom says:

    Not loving Zendaya’s dress, but she herself looks beautiful. Love the bob.

  16. FHMom says:

    So, is this the post with the worst looks of the night? They are all dreadful.

  17. Lucy2 says:

    I love Regina’s dress!
    Zendaya always looks amazing, but I can’t get on board with that dress.

  18. HeatherC says:

    When I first saw the Versace, I thought it was going to be a jumpsuit. After some reflection, I think it would have been an amazing jumpsuit, especially on Zendaya.

  19. Aly says:

    At this point I just want someone to do Zendaya’s birth chart cause I wanna know which planets are ensuring that she always serves hard almost each and everytime. I need to understand those planetary aspects lol

  20. MsIam says:

    I like Blac China and Yara’s dresses the best.

  21. Kirsten says:

    This (or something like it) is what Zendaya should’ve worn to the SAG awards. And I will take one of Regina’s dress please.

  22. Harper says:

    Zendaya is perfect. Stunning and interesting. She’s pretty much at the top right now.

  23. Well Wisher says:

    All stunning women, love the vibrant colour 🎨.

  24. Coco says:

    I love all the looks here except for Sophia Bush it’s just too much dress and cape she look like she drowning in the fabric.

  25. Christine says:

    The bust on Zendaya’s dress is odd but I love the black/lime combo. Blac Chyna was a surprise – she looks great.

  26. Shells_Bells says:

    I think all of these women are beautiful, but all of these dresses are a miss for me.

  27. Flowerette Blooms says:

    Zendaya looks stunning and dated — but in the best way. I’m getting a whole Yasmeen Ghauri-on-the-runway-in-the-90s vibe, and I love it.

  28. Imara219 says:

    I loved all the dresses because I felt they all were unique to the woman, and the women were beautiful. Even though I like Black Chyna’s old face, I do think this is the best I’ve seen her look in a while. I also love her tattoo. I’m inspired to get a proper flower tattoo on my foot. Zendaya’s dress is so dated it feels retro, and she made it look stunning.

  29. Ameerah M says:

    That Versace gown is STUNNING. And vintage couture. It’s from the Spring 2002 Collection and was worn by Karolina Kurkova on the runway. She also wore vintage Prada as her 2nd look at the awards show.

  30. SIde Eye says:

    They all look stunning, but omg Zendaya is perfection in this dress! She is so gorgeous! I love this look. I also loved Regina Hall’s dress.

  31. Mandy says:

    ZENDAYA slays!!! Sexier than ever in this vintage Versace….hips and bootie too!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  32. Thelma says:

    Zendaya looks fabulous!

  33. Peanut Butter says:

    Zendaya has that hard-to-define “It” factor that pulls in this viewer’s gaze and then won’t let go. There are plenty of gorgeous people, but I react to Zendaya in the same industrial-strength way I do to, for example, Idris Elba and the young Cindy Crawford — I just can’t stop staring.

  34. Cara says:

    Zendaya is gorgeous, but her dress at the SAG awards was MUCH prettier. I’m not a fan of these architectural style dresses though. They look so stiff. I think that the dress looks like it could possibly attend these events without a person inside of it. This is how a computer would dress.