Amandla Stenberg signs on as face of Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty

Actress Amandla Stenberg has signed on as the new face of Rihanna’s makeup brand Fenty Beauty. The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give star will headline campaigns for the singer’s thriving cosmetics venture, making her the company’s first brand ambassad…

Actress Amandla Stenberg has signed on as the new face of Rihanna’s makeup brand Fenty Beauty.

The Hunger Games and The Hate U Give star will headline campaigns for the singer’s thriving cosmetics venture, making her the company’s first brand ambassador.

The 20 year old shared her excitement about the partnership in a statement announcing the news on Wednesday (15May19).

“I wanted to become a part of the Fenty Family because it’s one of the few beauty brands that make me feel like myself!” she gushed in an official press release. “Fenty Beauty’s whole ethos makes me feel empowered and excited to let different facets of myself shine.”

As for which of the many product offers Stenberg enjoys using the most, she names the Match Stix Matte and Shimmer Skinsticks as her favourites, noting they “are wonderful for on-the-go highlighting and bronzing”, adding, “I’m always about having a lil glow going. Plus, they stick together with magnets, which ensure they’ll never break apart in your bag.”

Fenty was launched in 2017 with the mission to provide a wide range of products for all skin tones. Rihanna also insisted the company be inclusive, ensuring “everyone feel beautiful and recognized, no matter their race, ethnicity, culture or personal style”.

Stenberg has a busy schedule ahead of her these days as she is also set to star in Oscar-winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s new Netflix series, The Eddy. She’ll portray the daughter of Andre Holland’s character, who runs a jazz club in Paris, France.

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Amandla Stenberg isn’t motivated by beauty when choosing her clothes

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some peopl…

Amandla Stenberg chooses clothes according to how they make her feel, not how beautiful they make her look.

The Hate U Give actress has become one of the hottest names in Hollywood thanks to both her acting work and edgy style, which she says some people have tried to tame over the years.

“I’ve had some adverse experiences with styling, where I wanted to do something that was a little edgier and people have wanted to feminise me or make me be presented in a more traditional way,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I really don’t necessarily like looking at clothes from the angle of ‘How can I look the most beautiful or the most desirable?’ I just want to feel like myself, as does everyone.”

To help hone her look Amandla works with super stylist Karla Welch, whose other famous clients include Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross and Sarah Paulson.

Praising Karla’s approach to styling, Amandla gushed that the fashion expert has pushed her out of her comfort zone and got her to experiment with new red carpet looks.

“What I love so much about Karla is she gets that and not only does she get it, but she runs with it and actually pushes me out of what I anticipated for myself. She has shown me that there is a way to experiment with gender in your clothing, while still presenting in a femme way,” she grinned.

Amandla wowed at the Levi’s pool party at Coachella over the weekend in a denim corset matched with baggy flared jeans and cute red sunglasses.

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Barbra Streisand & Serena Williams among list of Best Picture nominee presenters at Oscars

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19). Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World star…

Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams and chef Jose Andres will be among the stars presenting the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars on Sunday (24Feb19).

Producers of the 91st Academy Awards have also invited Queen Latifah, Diego Luna, Wayne’s World stars Dana Carvey and Mike Myers, rocker Tom Morello, and Amandla Stenberg to take the stage to salute the night’s biggest movies.

Announcing the decision via a statement on Wednesday (20Feb19), Oscars producers Donna Gigliotti and Glenn Weiss said: “Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us.

“We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Meanwhile, rockers Queen will open the show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The group, whose beginnings feature in the Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhadsody, were asked to get things started in the absence of a traditional Oscars host.

Current Queen frontman Adam Lambert announced the big news via Twitter on Monday (18Feb19) and posted a 15-second video of the band performing We Will Rock You as the words “Queen + Adam Lambert. Feb 24th. 5pm EST. The OSCARS” flashed up on the screen.

He added the caption: “We will rock The Oscars Feb 24th. 5pm PST. @TheAcademy @QueenWillRock.”

Academy Awards bosses confirmed the big news via social media, adding: “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? We welcome @QueenWillRock and @adamlambert to this year’s #Oscars!”

Their band’s movie, which is up for five awards on Sunday, has taken in more than $850 million (£649,000) at the global box office to become the most successful musical biopic ever.

The Oscars will be without a host for the first time in 30 years following comedian Kevin Hart’s decision to step down last year (18) after the discovery of past homophobic tweets he sent out almost a decade ago.

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Amandla Stenberg’s Nazi romance film triggers Twitter storm

Amandla Stenberg’s latest movie Where Hands Touch has been slammed on Twitter by users who accused the film of humanising Nazis.Helmed by Belle director Amma Asante, the film tells the story of a biracial teenager in Nazi Germany, played by Stenberg, w…

Amandla Stenberg’s latest movie Where Hands Touch has been slammed on Twitter by users who accused the film of humanising Nazis.

Helmed by Belle director Amma Asante, the film tells the story of a biracial teenager in Nazi Germany, played by Stenberg, who falls in love with a member of the Hitler Youth. Where Hands Touch was released in the U.S. last September (18), but Asante took to Twitter on Wednesday (02Jan) inviting users to stream the feature via iTunes, Amazon and various other platforms. However, the controversial storyline proved to be very divisive.

“Nazis and those who love them are not deserving of being humanised/sanitised. They don’t need to be immortalised by film. Their love is not revolutionary or beautiful!” one Twitter user argued, while another added, “Dear Amandla, Fire your agent. A Nazi love story? Really girl?”

Others particularly criticised a scene in which Stenberg’s character uses the n-word to describe jazz music, while Twitter user @hanxine revealed a video clip she’d posted from the film had been removed after a claim was made by producer Charles M Hanson.

Nevertheless, there were still some fans of the movie who spoke up to show their support, insisting it was “beautifully done” and praising The Hate U Give star for her performance.

Prior to the film’s release, Stenberg told reporters at Variety that she anticipated some backlash on account of the fact that Asante, who also penned the script, decided to focus on a non-Jewish story against a Holocaust backdrop.

“I think it’s challenging for people to conceive of a story about the Holocaust that is not centred around the Jewish experience, but the experience of someone else…” the 20-year-old considered. “But I think what the movie does really beautifully is it demonstrates what happens with these tricky intersections of identity and how we still continue to be human and love and be loved, despite that.”

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Amandla Stenberg: ‘I won’t play roles that stereotype me’

Amandla Stenberg is not interested in taking on roles that reduce her to stereotypes.The 19-year-old has made a name for herself as an activist as well as an actress, and is known for being outspoken about social and political issues both in interviews…

Amandla Stenberg is not interested in taking on roles that reduce her to stereotypes.

The 19-year-old has made a name for herself as an activist as well as an actress, and is known for being outspoken about social and political issues both in interviews and on social media. As a result, Amandla is very particular about the characters she decides to play.

“It’s probably something my mum instilled in me,” she told Grazia magazine. “When I was younger, the only roles I would have received would be like ‘daughter of drug user’ or ‘overly sexualised young black girl.’ But she always said, ‘No, we don’t have to touch the roles that you don’t want to play.’ I don’t really have interest in stereotypes of myself.”

Amandla is currently starring in The Hate U Give, an acclaimed adaptation of Angie Thomas’ 2017 novel of the same name. The character of Starr was actually written with Amandla in mind, who was ecstatic to come across “a black girl who is multi-dimensional and nuanced.”

As well as receiving positive reviews from critics, The Hate U Give has also touched cinemagoers with its themes of racism and speaking out against injustice.

“(One girl was) crying her eyes out, just sobbing. It made me cry too because I understand that feeling of not being seen or understood and then, once you are, it can be this huge relief,” The Hunger Games star recalled. “People are screaming, they’re crying. It’s all you can hope for, when you share film, that people have an emotional response to it. I’ve felt really gratified and humbled by it.”

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Amandla Stenberg keeps armpits unshaven on red carpet

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hai…

Amandla Stenberg has defied convention by keeping her armpits unshaven on the red carpet.

The actress looked stunning in a plunging black Valentino gown at the London premiere of her latest film, The Hate U Give, forgoing accessories and wearing her hair in a braided bob hairstyle.

Teaming the outfit with a sultry smokey eye and natural nude lip, Amandla drew attention to her hairy pits when she posted pictures from the event to her Instagram account on Sunday (21Oct18).

“#drama #armpit,” the 19-year-old captioned two images of herself from the night.

Though some Instagram users were not supportive of her decision, Amandla received plenty of her praise from her fan base, with many complimenting her look and decision to move away from traditional beauty norms.

“Love it when the young women of Hollywood aren’t afraid to be themselves and make a statement despite being in the limelight and constantly criticised and picked at…shows you’re above all the negativity,” one user commented.

The Valentino dress marked a new look for The Hunger Games star, who has previously sported eye-catching statement pieces, such as the red Calvin Klein oversized pantsuit she wore to the Met Gala in 2016, and the striped Thom Browne shirt and trouser combination she donned at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! ceremony in August.

In an interview with Glamour U.S., Amandla admitted it was hard not to love dressing up due to the career path she’d decided to take.

“(Fashion) is just an inherent part of my job. It’s something that I love,” she smiled, adding that she was adamant to stay true to her beliefs through her clothing. “I am learning how to integrate. I want to express myself as authentically as I can.”

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Regina Hall rehearsed serious The Hate U Give scene in restaurant

Regina Hall rehearsed one of her serious scenes for The Hate U Give in a public restaurant.The actress made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (08Oct18) to promote the new drama, in which she portrays Lisa Carter, the mother of Amandla…

Regina Hall rehearsed one of her serious scenes for The Hate U Give in a public restaurant.

The actress made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night (08Oct18) to promote the new drama, in which she portrays Lisa Carter, the mother of Amandla Stenberg’s lead character Starr Carter – a young woman who is drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of a childhood friend.

During the chat, Regina explained that she and her co-star Russell Hornsby, who plays Starr’s father Maverick Carter, spent a lot of time working on their complicated backstory together.

“Russell and I actually went and rehearsed before we started, to make sure we had the chemistry and we would improv,” she recalled. “We actually did the fight that broke us up (in the story). It wasn’t good because we did it in a restaurant in Hollywood. A lady came over and was like, ‘Can I help you?’ and he was like, ‘NAHH.’ And I said, ‘And there you go again embarrassing the s**t out of us.’ He storms out! The poor little waitress, God bless her.”

But during the chat, Regina confessed that making The Hate U Give wasn’t the only time she has used unconventional acting methods.

She shared that she was very nervous before her audition for the role of a stripper named Candy in 1999 movie The Best Man and relied on quite a lot of liquid courage before showing the producers her limited dance skills.

“I went to the audition and I had a bottle of (alcoholic drink) Alize and I’ll tell you what’s so amazing, when your adrenaline is high, you don’t feel the alcohol. I was still sober and I’m not a big drinker,” the 47-year-old laughed. “I go in the room and the (other) girls have routines. So, I went in the room, they put the music on and I put a chair up… and the producer said, ‘Stop the music, can you do anything else?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and picked up my stuff and left.”

While Regina was certain she didn’t get the part, it turned out that the producers were very impressed by her acting in prior auditions and gave her the role – which turned out to be her first feature.

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Lupita Nyong’o praises new generation acting talents

Lupita Nyong’o is Letitia Wright and Amandla Stenberg’s biggest fan.In the five years since her Hollywood debut in 12 Years a Slave, which she won an Oscar for, Lupita has gone on to bag roles in some of cinema’s biggest new movies, including Black…

Lupita Nyong’o is Letitia Wright and Amandla Stenberg’s biggest fan.

In the five years since her Hollywood debut in 12 Years a Slave, which she won an Oscar for, Lupita has gone on to bag roles in some of cinema’s biggest new movies, including Black Panther and Star Wars flicks The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.

Praising the new generation of stars now coming through, the award-winning actress name-checked Letitia and Amandla, calling them both “brilliant”.

“Letitia is just a ball of fire and fresh air, I adore her,” she praised. “I worked with her on Black Panther. She has this ability to know who she is while (asking) questions about who she should become. It’s so cool to have both of those qualities.

“Letitia and Amandla really know themselves; there is a groundedness to the way in which they’re going about their careers.”

In the article, Lupita, who is the brand ambassador for Calvin Klein perfume Women, was asked to name her top leading ladies, ranging from her small screen hero Oprah Winfrey, to her Hollywood mentors, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard.

She also picked her two favourite screen icons.

“There were so many to choose from, but I arrived at Eartha Kitt and Katharine Hepburn,” she shared. “The fact that the were actresses resonated with me, but both Eartha and Katharine defined their time and stood up to a culture that was against who they were in certain ways. They also had incredible voices. I wish they could be on my GPS – I’d never get lost!”

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Amandla Stenberg body-shamed on set for large breasts

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her …

Actress Amandla Stenberg is tired of hearing her breasts are too big to appear on camera.

The Hunger Games star has only made eight films since the launch of her career in 2011, and she can’t believe how often her body has been criticised on set in her seven-year career.

“Being in entertainment can be hard,” the 19-year-old tells Seventeen magazine. “If you were to meet actors in real life, you’d probably be surprised at how tiny they are.

“I’m not a hella-skinny person – I’m petite, but I’m low-key slim-thick – and I’ve had people put pressure on me to lose weight or oversexualise my body, because it doesn’t look infantile.

“People often say my boobs are too big. There have been several moments when I was filming a scene and someone came over with a small sports bra and said, ‘Put this on real quick. Your boobs look too big on camera!’ You’re conceived of as ‘too much’ if you have, like, thighs. It’s ridiculous!

“I try to only work in spaces now that make me feel comfortable. It’s challenging, but I’d rather be healthy and happy and love my body.”

Amandla is of mixed African-American and Danish heritage and beauty standards involving her ethnic background have also proven to be a challenge for her to navigate, with the star admitting it took her years to embrace her natural beauty.

“I’ve had to unlearn a lot, and I’m still unlearning things. I hated my hair growing up – I thought it was ugly. By the time I got to high school, I was using a relaxer (to make it straight),” she shares. “But when I was 16, I chopped off all the dead hair and started wearing it natural, and I realised that it was so beautiful and cool and versatile! Anti-black beauty standards are so pervasive.

“Fighting that requires constant unpacking and positive self-messaging, so of course I still have my moments when I feel insecure. But in those moments, I’m always (inspired) by the fact that being black is just so poppin’ (cool). The perspective, the culture, the family, the food… I love everything about being black.”

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Amandla Stenberg surprised to win lead in The Darkest Minds

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitfor…

Amandla Stenberg was “flabbergasted” to be cast as the face of new dystopian movie The Darkest Minds.

The biracial actress heads up a young cast in the big screen version of Alexandra Bracken 2012 young adult novel, with Mandy Moore, Bradley Whitford and Gwendoline Christie also co-starring.

It’s a genre the 19-year-old is familiar with, having starred in The Hunger Games, the only difference is, in a break from movie tradition, now she’s leading the future franchise.

“We’ve seen these young adult dystopian series before but we’ve only seen it with Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Shailene Woodley (Divergent). I was flabbergasted at the idea that they were even interested in casting me because it was based on a book series that, I think you assume upon reading, is written as white,” she admitted to Flaunt magazine.

The film tells the story of a group of teenagers on the run from the government after mysteriously obtaining superpowers.

While the sci-fi film is set in a fantasy world, Amandla says there are lots of themes that are similar to what’s currently going on in the real world.

“These children have the ability to access this special part of themselves and adults respond to that with fear and violence,” she explained. “It’s something that so many of us are facing right now, understanding how we can harness our own tools like social media. Not to approach it with fear, but instead learn how to face a regime that we don’t believe in.”

The Darkest Minds began hitting cinemas in August (18).

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