Lupita Nyong'o has been widely lauded for her interesting fashion choices and bold makeup experimentation this awards season. But her hair has received considerably less attention. At first glance, it's easy to see why: It's short, tidy, minimal. But slowly, over the course of the party circuit, she has subtly experimented with new hairstyles (even showing up to one event with double hair-mountains).
"Through every single culture, femininity equals long hair historically," said Lori L. Tharps, co-author of the newly updated book Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. "The fact that [Lupita] has short hair and that she’s described as beautiful is phenomenal, specifically in the black community. She is putting all of those standard beauty ideals, that length and straight equals beautiful to shame. She’s throwing them out the window, which is fantastic, and even [showing] you can have fun." Click through our slideshow to see 15 examples of Lupita's best red-carpet hair moments.