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Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter Makes History As The 1st Black Costume Designer To Receive A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Receiving her flowers! Iconic costume designer Ruth E. Carter is making history again. She just became the first Black costume designer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she’s the second costume designer to receive the honor. Celebrate inside…

One Black woman who works tirelessly behind the scenes in Hollywood is receiving the flowers she definitely earned.

After making history in 2019 at the Academy Awards with her win for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther, Ruth E. Carter has made history AGAIN. Yesterday, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making her the first Black costume designer, and second costume designer, to ever receive the distinction since its inception in 1960. Costume designer Edith Head received her star in 1960.

 

 

With 40 years of experience under her belt, Ruth E. Carter received the 2,694th star in recognition of her ability to “wow audiences and dazzle critics alike with costumes inspired by traditional African tribal wear merged with a contemporary look, delivering fashion and function, incorporating technology, and creating such authenticity ownership and empowerment for the characters and viewers cementing her as one of the preeminent voices and experts on Afrofuturism.”

Her esteemed credit list includes working with Spike Lee on Do the Right Thing, working with Steven Spielberg on Amistad, and with Ryan Coogler for Black Panther, which earned her an Oscar award, making her the first Black Oscar winner for costume design. 

Ruth’s historic Hollywood Hall of Fame induction was held virtually and several Hollywood titans, including Oprah and Eddie Murphy, participated to shower her with praise. Lady O talked about what it was like working with Ruth on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and SELMA.

“I personally had the opportunity to work with Ruth on Lee Daniels’ The Butler and I could tell instantly that her passion for clothes, costumes and design were matched by her intention in creating a nuanced portrayal of a Black family through the decades,” said Oprah. “What I first observed on The Butler and then again on Selma was a woman who was deeply intentional about creating clothing to represent the culture and journey of African Americans because both of those stories involved African Americans. And now we all know her esteemed credit list, both fictional and historical, and what strikes me most is the ease in which she works to create an entire mood through her impeccable design choices, and what this does is allow any actress who is working with Ruth to really surrender.”

Peep the clip below:

 

Eddie Murphy worked with Ruth E. Carter on seven movies, most recently including Dolemite Is My Name and Coming 2 America.

“Ruth Carter is a genius. I’ve never had a wardrobe designer who’s clothes actually influence how you play your character, how you walk, how you stand. She really is instrumental in bringing your characters to life,” said Eddie. “There’s no one like her. She’s a genius and I am so happy she is being recognized this way,” he said.

Peep the clip below:

 

 

After the two entertainment icons spoke on her behalf, the famed costume designer thanked everyone she collaborated with throughout her illustrious career and she dedicated her star to all the young, aspiring filmmakers.

“Thank you for seeing the depth of culture, history, artistry, and welcoming my vision of Afrofuture into the lexicon of American filmmaking,” said Ruth. “Most of all, I dedicate this star to all the young and aspiring filmmakers. I drove to Hollywood 36 years ago…nothing was handed to me. Every moment, every sacrifice, every effort was hard work inspired by my passion. It’s my hope that anyone who sacrifices, who beats these streets of Hollywood, carrying their dreams in heavy garment bags full of costumes, desiring to be the best, like I did, that when you gaze upon my star feel my energy, feel the power of your own unique story to realize your dreams so you too can reach your star. Wakanda Forever.”

Peep her speech below:

You can watch the full induction ceremony below:

 

 

 

 

Much deserved! Congrats, Ruth E. Carter!

Photo: Ruth’s IG

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