Actor and Emmy nominee Thuso Mbedu has been making waves in Hollywood from her outstanding performance in Barry Jenkins’s limited series The Underground Railroad to debuting in Gina Prince-Bythewood’s highly anticipated drama The Woman King opposite Viola Davis


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The rising South African star has our full attention as an excellent thespian and a style star that keeps on delivering must-see looks. And for this Vanity Fair feature, she does not disappoint with her superb sartorial choices. Masterminded by the talented Olivia Weeden, this photoshoot proves that Thuso Mbedu is a certified style star. 


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Read excerpts of the interview below:

On the bond with Viola Davis on The Woman King set

The film has an all-star, introverted cast—except for John Boyega, who is a complete clown and a joy to work with.” “Viola did say that if her story was turned into a biopic, she would love me to play [her]. I said, ‘I can audition?’ And she said, ‘No, Thuso can play.’ I said, ‘Oh.’

On graduating from drama school in Johannesburg

I couldn’t afford to fail and go back home. I hadn’t worked for six straight months; I’d gone through depression as a result. I was like, ‘If I don’t get this, take me, Jesus.

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Photographed by @nickrileybentham
Styled by @olivianicoleweeden
Story by @britthennemuth
Hair by @tedgibson
Makeup by @rebekahaladdin
Manicure by @thuybnguyen