When you know ahead of time you are going to be the belle of the ball, the pressure is on to find the best gown possible.
With that in mind, Lupita Nyong'o went all out at the Glamour 2014 Women Of The Year event in New York on Monday night.
As one of the magazine's honourees and also its Women Of The Year issue's cover girl, the 31-year-old was the centre of attention as she walked the red carpet.
Lupita Nyong'o looked stunning at Galmour Magazine's 1014 Women Of The Year event in New York on Monday.
Speaking to the magazine ahead of the honour, Lupita addressed what many have called the 'Lupita effect', which has seen a focus of women of colour.
The Oscar winner told the magazine when she hears the phrase she 'giggles'.
'I just heard it for the first time. I've heard people talk about images in popular culture changing, and that makes me feel great, because it means that the little girl I was, once upon a time, has an image to instill in her that she is beautiful, that she is worthy - that she can.
'Until I saw people who looked like me, doing the things I wanted to, I wasn't so sure it was a possibility. Seeing Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah in The Color Purple, it dawned on me: "Oh - I could be an actress!" We plant the seed of possibility.'