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What Black Women Wore to the Oscars Through the Years!

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air this Sunday on ABC at 8 PM, and even though this year’s show was riddled with controversy surrounding diversity and inclusion, you can always count on the fashion to be a highlight.

By now, you know there are no Black actors nominated, but there will be an abundance in attendance as presenters, so we’ll most likely get a good view  of our favorites in their gowns after the red carpet.

Black women have always slayed the red carpet at the Academy Awards, so let’s look at some of the most memorable gowns.

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Who could forget Halle Berry's Elie Saab gown she wore for her historic Best Actress win in 2002?

Who could forget Halle Berry’s Elie Saab gown she wore for her historic Best Actress win in 2002?

Zoe Saldana showed off her post-baby body in Atelier Versace at last year's Academy Awards.

Zoe Saldana showed off her post-baby body in Atelier Versace at last year’s Academy Awards.

 

Jada Pinkett Smith was pretty in a pink Versace gown on the Academy Awards red carpet in 2014.

Jada Pinkett Smith was pretty in a pink Versace gown on the Academy Awards red carpet in 2014.

 

Solange Knowles showed up to the Academy Awards in 2015 wearing a red Christian Siriano ensemble.

Solange Knowles showed up to the Academy Awards in 2015 wearing a red Christian Siriano ensemble.

 

Lupita Nyongo dazzled in a light blue Prada gown at the Academy Awards in 2014.

Lupita Nyongo dazzled in a light blue Prada gown at the Academy Awards in 2014.

 

Lupita Nyong'o had another great red carpet moment at the Academy Awards in 2015 when she wore a Calvin Klein number.

Lupita Nyong’o had another great red carpet moment at the Academy Awards in 2015 when she wore a Calvin Klein number.

 

Viola Davis made a fashion and beauty statement at the 2012 Academy Awards rocking natural hair and an emerald green Vera Wang gown.

Viola Davis made a fashion and beauty statement at the 2012 Academy Awards rocking natural hair and an emerald green Vera Wang gown.

 

Kerry Washington had a great fashion and beauty moment at the 2015 Oscars with a long sleek bob and a cream Miu Miu gown.

Kerry Washington had a great fashion and beauty moment at the 2015 Oscars with long sleek hair and a cream Miu Miu gown.

 

Jennifer Hudson stunned in an orange-tangerine Versace gown at the Academy Awards in 2011.

Jennifer Hudson stunned in an orange-tangerine Versace gown at the Academy Awards in 2011.

 

Octavia Spencer shined in a Tadashi Shoji gown at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Octavia Spencer shined in a Tadashi Shoji gown at the 2012 Academy Awards.

 

Jennifer Lopez turned heads at the 2012 Academy Awards wearing a long-sleeve, low-cut and sheer Zuhair Murad gown.

Jennifer Lopez turned heads at the 2012 Academy Awards wearing a long-sleeve, low-cut and sheer Zuhair Murad gown.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.