CELEBRITY COVERGIRL: DANAI GURIRA "STANDING STRONG" PORTER EDIT 2019
Photography Claire Rothstein, Styling Tracy Taylor, Art direction Gemma Stark, Hair Larry Sims at Forward Artists, Makeup Kim Bower at Tracey Mattingly, Nails Millie Machado at Tracey Mattingly, Production Productionising
Brief Excerpt from cover story by Christine Lennon:
Going unnoticed is not in Danai Gurira’s repertoire. When the 41-year-old actress walks into the roof restaurant of the Dream hotel in Hollywood, wearing faded denim, a cream silk blouse and mirrored aviators, she practically gleams in the morning light. It’s hard to say if the other patrons recognize her as General Okoye, the fierce protector of the Wakanda royal family in Black Panther, or the equally imposing zombie-slayer Michonne from The Walking Dead, or are just struck by the way she carries herself, but all eyes are on her.
“I’m running a writers’ room near here,” Gurira says, sitting down and peering over the railing at the sprawl of surrounding offices and studios. She is talking about the newest line on her résumé: head writer for a television mini-series. Aside from her commanding performances on screen, she’s also a feted writer whose plays have garnered multiple awards, including a Tony nomination. Now she’s adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel Americanah – a love story following a Nigerian couple through their complicated lives – with her longtime friend Lupita Nyong’o. The two became close in 2015 when Nyong’o starred in Gurira’s all-female play Eclipsed, about the Liberian civil war.
Dress Alexandre Vauthier; earrings Gucci
Top and skirt Isabel Marant; boots Malone Souliers; choker Suzanne Kalan
Dress Alexandre Vauthier; earrings Saint Laurent
Blazer Alessandra Rich; leggings Joseph; earrings Gucci
Coat, pumps, earrings and belt Balenciaga