Everyone Is Still Talking About Meghan Markle’s Blue NAACP Image Awards Dress Days Later

This past weekend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were honored at the 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards with the prestigious President's Award, as a recognition of their “special achievement and distinguished public service.”

While accepting the award that has previously gone to such major names as Muhammad Ali and Condoleezza Rice, the royal couple sported Black designers, with Prince Harry in a tux from Ozwald Boateng and Markle seen in a dress from Christopher John Rogers. And although the ceremony occurred days ago, the internet is still abuzz with admiration for Markle's dress.

The custom, one-shouldered design featured two striking tones of royal blue and aqua. In addition to having a slit up the side, the fabric at the top of the dress extended into a long train that flowed behind Markle while she was on stage. A shot of the dress (scroll right in the slideshow below) was seen in a post made by NAACP CEO and President, Derrick Johnson, who said, “Congratulations again to this year’s @naacpimageawards President’s Award recipients @sussexroyal. #ThisIsPower.”

Many media outlets have still been talking about the dress, with ELLE saying that Markle “took the sartorial spotlight” and Vogue calling the ensemble “bold, bombastic and quintessentially Christopher John Rogers.”

While accepting the award, Markle said, “I couldn't be prouder that we're doing this work together. We moved to California, my home state, shortly before the murder of George Floyd. For Black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds transcended time, invoking centuries of our unhealed wounds. In the months that followed, as my husband and I spoke with the civil rights community, we committed ourselves and our organization, Archewell, to illuminating those who are advancing racial justice and progress.”

She also revealed that she and her husband had brought along a special guest, adding, “Thank you so much for joining us in this work, and thank you again for this incredible honor, truly. My mom's here with us tonight and we all feel very proud. Thank you.”

Meghan never fails to wow us.

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Joel Calfee

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Joel is the Associate Editor for News & Entertainment and has been reporting on all things pop culture for over 5 years. Before working at PureWow, he served as a Features...
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