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Monday, February 11, 2008

Style Icon of the Month: Jurnee Smollett

Who is Jurnee Smollett? From New York City, and one of five siblings, 21 year old Jurnee Diana Smollett first captured our hearts as an adorable little girl in roles on sitcoms such as Hanging with Mr. Cooper, Martin, Cosby and Full House. In 1997, her critically acclaimed performance in Eve’s Bayou, for which she received a Broadcast Film Critics Award, and audiences took notice of her incredible skill. Her recent starring role in The Great Debaters has successfully established her as an adult actress and one of Young Hollywood’s most promising stars. Jurnee has also been an AIDS activist since the age of 12.

Why is she fly? All acting. No drama. Jurnee has emerged as a beautiful adult actress and proven her ability to be a positive role model for young Black women. I love that she has not embraced the “vixen” label that Hollywood frequently projects onto Black females. Rather she exudes dignity in the roles she chooses to pursue on and off-screen. Jurnee has risen to the top by the grace of some serious acting chops, not by the way of public romantic liasons or reckless behavior. In terms of her grown-up red carpet style, Jurnee is impeccable. She unites fifties and sixties vintage glamour with modern lines for a look that is always elegant, feminine, flirty and stunning. I’m excited to see what accomplishments this young lady has in store.

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