25 Black TV icons whose fashion game was always on point

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Nova Bordelon – Queen Sugar

What we know: Nova Bordelon may not have been featured in the book series on which the show is based, but she quickly became one of the best parts of the show. As a healer and an activist, she grapples to reconcile the warring parts of her identity. Add herbalist and journalist to her contributing identities, too, because she is deeply dedicated to giving back to her community.

Although this may sound like she has sound judgment, all around, it’s really a complicated matter. Romantically, she’s known to make problematic choices when it comes to the men in her life, but she loves fiercely no matter whose the recipient.

What we see: Strength and purpose. I know these may not sound like terms we can use to describe fashion, it’s hard to not talk about Nova in this way. With such a natural beauty, it hardly matters what Nova will wear, because she can make any outfit look amazing.

However, that doesn’t keep her from using her wardrobe to reflect her personal values in a succinct and wildly beautiful way. She often finds ways to work her African roots in her wardrobe, whether it’s with a brightly printed headscarf or a traditional print. You could probably pick her closet out in a lineup of a hundred folks.

How to take it all in: While the show airs originally on OWN, you can watch both seasons on Hulu. I’ll warn you: it’s highly addictive and will induce extreme bingeing. Nova, played by Rutina Wesley, isn’t the only gorgeous, magnificently appointed woman of color on this show. It’s chock full of women who dress like they own the world.