As celebrities made their appearances during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, many stepped out with bold power moves in terms of style. From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American stars combined grandeur, bling and classics to seal the deal with red carpet swag. Take a style cue from these industry heavy-hitters for your next evening or cocktail hour event to take your look to the next level. Oprah Winfrey's crystal-infused Zac Posen dress was the perfect combo of confident allure and fierce wowness-- as is the media powerhouse in her role as queen of her multi-million dollar media empire managing Aha moments and balancing billion-dollar bank rolls.
Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson accented her gown with stacks of jeweled bangles and diamond drop earrings, adding luxe detail to her slimmed-down silhouette.
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry's elegant yet edgy choice --a Marchesa gown which starts with nude tones and crystals and ends with a contrast of dramatic tulle--is reminiscent of her diverse range of roles, branding her as one of the most versatile and successful black actresses in the industry.
For each, the "look-at-how-I-dare-to-shine" sentiment is clear. These ladies are comfortable and confident with being the center of attention.