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15 Reasons Ava DuVernay Is Your New Fashion Icon

When she's not behind the camera, Ava DuVernay steals the show. Here are 15 of the Selma director's most stunning red-carpet looks.

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1. There are endless reasons to admire writer-director Ava DuVernay: She became the first black woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and has been crafting powerful, diverse narratives ever since.

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Her achievements behind the scenes are remarkable, but let's take a minute to acknowledge that when it's time to floss, the girl brings it every. single. time.

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6. So many things are being executed perfectly in this look: perfect collarless blazer execution, perfect grounding of the florals, and perfect midi-length skirt-wearing.

7. Here's Ava in head to toe silver. Other folks might have looked like the Tin Man in such a daring color, but not Ava. Never Ava.

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8. School is still in session here, people. Some fashion "experts" advise against wearing a red gown on a red carpet. But there's no fear of Ava ever blending in. Behold:

9. And here she is later in the same night, making a statement for social justice with her Selma cast on the steps of the New York Public Library.

10. Eff anyone who says natural hair is not elegant. Here, Ava dons locs and an African wax fabric dress, and she does it like a true ~queen~.

11. In this one, Ava has a handsome, matching accessory: frequent collaborator David Oyelowo. Perhaps equally as handsome are her golden pillbox clutch, oxblood mani, and radiant smile. It's all in the details.

12. Satin joggers, pointy-toed pumps, matching bold lip? Check, check, and check.

Even her business casual is aspirational.

13. Why, yes, that is a crop top. And a long skirt, with pockets.

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16. And this was in Essence magazine, not a red carpet, but Ava taught perhaps the most important lesson of all, as she accepted — nay, appreciated — her "flaws."

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"...to my Mom for making me wear braces to close the gap in my smile but I never wore the retainer so the gap became crazy crooked and now I like it."

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