Lupita Nyong’o literally lit up the red carpet when she attended the Star Wars Force 4 Fashion Event to promote the release of the recent Star Wars movie.
Nyong’o wore a dress that could be described as a starry night sky. The black designer dress by ZAC Zac Posen was covered in flashing LED lights. The lights were coordinated to flash in various patterns as the actress made her way down the red carpet.
What made the dress a highlight of the night was the LED lights were coded by young female programmers that are part of Google’s Made with Code (MWC) initiative. The coding program encourages girls to participate in technology and programming industries due to the misrepresentation of the gender in this career pursuit. MWC explains on their website, “increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen.”
The coding projects that MWC encourage are a music maker, a GIF animator and an opportunity to make your own light-up dress which uses Zac Posen’s dress design as a template.
Nyong’o definitely made her appearance known at the Star Wars event and gave the reporters something to talk about with the recent hashtag prompt #AskHerMore, which was introduced to ensure the media would ask more of actresses than what she is wearing. Nyong’o definitely got the media talking, while promoting the valuable skills of the young female programmers.