Amanda Seales honoured Black designers while hosting BET Awards

BET Awards host Amanda Seales represented the work of Black fashion innovators with her looks on the night.

The annual prizegiving, established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network, took place virtually on Sunday, with the live event cancelled due to Covid-19. Lizzo, Beyonce, and Megan Thee Stallion were among the winners, and while the 2020 awards show was forced to take place online, the stars still donned their finest outfits for the ceremony.

“We wanted to tell a story of Black creativity, pay homage to iconic moments of Black style, and amplify the work of these Black fashion innovators,” comedian Amanda shared, reports WWD.

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The 38-year-old wowed in an off-shoulder, high-slit gown from Claude Kameni’s Lavie by CK label, which was inspired, in part, by 1988 film Coming to America. Other looks came from Pyer Moss and Dapper Dan for Gucci and were nods to the clothes worn by actress Karyn Parsons in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation look.

Amanda also used only Black-designed jewellery, haircare, and make-up brands.

“The BETs are our Oscars, our Grammys, our everything, where we are able to show ourselves and have fun and show off,” said her stylist Bryon Javar. “It made sense for this moment to celebrate Black everything.”

Designer Claude, who will have some of her clothing appear in the hotly-anticipated Coming 2 America, due out in December, spoke about her hopes for Black designers when awards ceremonies resume after the pandemic.

“I really hope, as other awards shows start to come back, we will see more Black designers represented – not just when it’s convenient,” she said.

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