Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o stole the show at the premiere of Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding at St Ann’s Warehouse, not only with her vibrant saree, but also with a beautiful henna tattoo on her bald head.
The intricate design, shared on Nyong’o’s Instagram, has gone viral online, attracting the attention of millions of people around the world.
Known for her unique style and bold choices, Nyong’o revealed her story in a heartfelt Instagram post.
The Black Panther star met Sabeen, the henna artist behind the jewel, at a wedding in Pakistan a year and a half ago.
“She did #HennaDesign for the bride, and I WAS SURPRISED BY THE INTENCITY and BEAUTY of his work,” Nyong’o shared, expressing her immediate admiration for Sabeen’s art.
With an invitation to attend the opening night of Monsoon Wedding, Nyong’o found herself struggling to find the right dress.
Borrowing a dress and jewelry from a friend, she still felt the look was incomplete. Then the image of the henna pattern covering his bald head came to mind.
“Sabeen had NEVER made a head before; I’ve never done anything like this before,” he admitted, sharing the thrill of anxiety the thought evoked. Despite the fear of possible accidents, Nyong’o decided to take the risk, ready to hide any accident with a blindfold if necessary.
The result was victory. Sabeen’s meticulous execution left the actor and the entertainer smiling.
“It was beautiful. It was bold and elegant; it had attitude. We didn’t play it safe and it paid off,” Nyong’o wrote, reflecting on the finished design that caused a stir.
The actress ended her post with a powerful message: “DARE TO FIND BEAUTY IN A NEW WAY.