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By Sarah Oyedo

Black Panther stars, Lupita N’yongo, Danai Gurira and Angela Bassett are Elle’s Women in Hollywood honorees cover for its November 2018 issue.
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The record breaking movie directed by Edgar Coogler, which portrayed the cultural richness of the fictional Wakanda people, featured women who played strong commanding roles, thus it is well deserving that the Black Panther women are being honored with the revered Elle Women In Hollywood issue.

The actresses shared insights on their roles and the impact of the movie so far.

Angela, on the impact of Black Panther: “We all felt the anticipation but had no idea how it would mushroom, or that it would be so global and smash whatever preconceived notions we’ve heard for decades—that stories like this about these people won’t travel as well or won’t generate financially on such a huge scale.”

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Lupita, on relating to her character, Nakia: “Nakia was a departure from the character you see in the comic books. She is an independent woman and a bit of a rebel but also a loyalist to her country. I am also someone who depends on my family and friends and feels a connection to my people, and maybe has a sense of responsibility to make them proud. So I really related to that balancing act within oneself.”

Danai, on Wakanda as a society: “[It] was celebratory of everyone equally [regardless of gender]. You see that in my character. She’s able to excel.”

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Read full interview on elle.com

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