Break out the birthday cake—Ciara turns 27 today! The style-conscious Scorpio has been taking chances since she hit the scene in 2004 with her debut album Goodies. From corkscrew curls and sleek up-dos to fierce ombré, the R&B singer knows how to mix it up. In honor of her birthday, check out the gallery below and see her complete transformation.
Strong women ruled the pink carpet this weekend at BET’s Black Girls Rock! event, held in honor of the non-profit with the same name that aims to empower young women of color through arts and education. Host Regina King kicked off the evening, which honored Alicia Keys with the Rock Star Award, Dionne Warwick with the Living Legend Award, and Kerry Washington (in Marchesa) with the Star Power Award. “So proud of u babe!” Eva Longoria (in Dana Budeanu) tweeted to her Scandal star pal, before joining fellow guests Gabrielle Union, LaLa Anthony, and Janelle Monae inside. Catch the show—and performances by Keys, Ciara, Brandy, and more—on BET, Sunday, November 4th at 8/7c. Click through the gallery to see photos from other celebrity-filled parties.
Before last night’s BET Awards in Los Angeles, the network’s CEO Debra Lee teamed up with Cedric the Entertainer to host the sixth annual “PRE” exclusive dinner on Saturday night. “Debra Lee throws a great party,” said Michelle Williams (in BCBG Max Azria), who hung out with R&B singer Kenny Lattimore at the event. Selita Ebanks (in Olcay Gulsen) stayed close to singer Estelle, while Ciara stopped by in a Willow dress and Louboutin shoes, which didn’t last long. “I will kick my shoes off in a heartbeat!” she told us—poor Loubs!—before hitting the dance floor with fellow guests Tatyana Ali, La La Vasquez-Anthony, and Eddie Murphy. See more photos from this weekend’s hottest events in the gallery.
— Leah Abrahams, with reporting by Lindzi Scharf and Kwala Mandel
Ciara kicked off Grammys weekend with a hairstyle update, lightening her black-to-brown ombre strands to a brighter, sunnier shade. “I just wanted to have fun,” the singer told InStyle.com of why she made the change at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy Gala last night. “I’m a tomboy at heart and I just felt like attitude, like not caring a little bit, to be honest.” So, do blondes have more fun? “I do think blondes have more fun,” she admitted. “You definitely feel a certain way when you wake up. You have to punch things up a whole different way.” Tell us: Do you like her look? Let us know in the comments!
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— Andrea Simpson
Charlize Theron and Ciara brought the glam to the Reach: 24 Portraits by Randall Slavin lecture to benefit the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, held at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. “It’s hot, so I thought this dress would be good,” Theron said of her peek-a-boo lace Dior design. “I have air conditioning.” Click through to see more celebrities at last night’s hottest events!
Footloose hits theaters tomorrow and we can’t wait to see Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough‘s amazing dance moves. And that got us thinking: What is the best outfit to wear dancing? We asked celebrities—including Jamie Chung, Ciara, and Victoria Justice—their tips for looking chic in Boogie Town. See their answers and more in the gallery!
Inspired by the new fall season to change your look? We’ve rounded up our favorite fall shades, including Emma Stone‘s dimensional red, Mila Kunis‘s perked-up brunet, Charlize Theron‘s buttery blond, and Ciara‘s streaky highlights. Click through the gallery to find a hair color that complements your skin tone now!