Sunday, 3 November 2013
Naomie Harris glitters in white dress featuring tulle and sequined skirt at Mandela premiere in South Africa
By FAY STRANG
She has a crucial role in the film, playing the part of Nelson Mandela’s second wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
So it’s no surprise that Naomie Harris wanted to dress to impress as she attended the premiere of Mandela – Long Walk To Freedom in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.
Shinning like the star she is the 37-year-old slipped into an elegant one shouldered Donna Karan Atelier gown, made from draped white silk gauze over gold silk lame, with an exposed under skirt made of silk tulle.
Shine bright: Naomie Harris shone at the premiere of Mandela in South Africa on Sunday
The necklace and skirt were embellished with antique gold metal embroidery, catching the light as she walked.
The cut of the dress showed off the British actress’s toned arms perfectly, while her shapely shoulders also couldn’t be missed.
Making sure nothing distracted from her dress, her hair was worn loose in a simple style and she opted to keep her make-up relatively simple.
The beautiful star seemed in high spirits as she made her appearance on the red carpet, chatting away in a very animated style.
Elegant: Naomie's dress had a very elegant yet sexy feel to it, showing off her toned arms
Delicate: The dress featured a tulle skirt section and plenty of sequins which caught the light as she walked
As she sat down to watch the film the star reached out to hold hands with Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of Winnie and Nelson.
To Zindzi’s right sat her mother Winnie, who busy chatting away to Idris Elba, who takes on the role of Mandela in the biopic.
Speaking to the BBC earlier this year about the role, she said: ‘We both had to undergo prosthetics for about four hours a day because we play the characters from very young ages right through to, Nelson is 76 by the end of the movie and I’m 47.’
Close: Naomie held hands with Zindzi Mandela, one of Nelson and Winnie Mandela's daughters during the premiere
Animated: Naomie pulled a variety of faces as she chatted away on the red carpet
Vocal: Naomie seemed to have plenty to say to waiting journalists as she made her way along the carpet
Talking about meeting Winnie for the first time, she said: ‘It was intimidating at first but a real privilege. One of the things you’re really scared about when you are playing someone who is such an icon and such a formidable kind of character – is how do they want to be seen?’
Discussing her character’s controversial nature, she continued: ‘That’s the joy of playing a character who is so controversial and so misunderstood as well. You have to understand that she is a product of a particular time in history and circumstances and it’s very difficult now to judge those circumstances. She had a terrible time.’
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick is adapted from Mandela's 1994 autobiography.
Proud: The actress applauded as she sat in front of George Bizos, Nelson Mandela's lawyer
Something to laugh about: Idris, who plays Nelson in the film has a giggle with Winnie and her daughter Zindzi
It chronicles the iconic leader's journey from childhood in a rural South African village, his days as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, which led to a 27-year prison sentence, and his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of the country.
The film is produced by the Weinstein Co. and also stars Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Lindiwe Matshikiza and Deon Lotz.
The film will be released in the UK on January 3.