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Ahead of The 93rd Academy awards on Sunday, The Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards were held in Los Angeles.

The previously star studded event that is traditionally an invites only affair luncheon was different this time round obviously because there is a looming global pandemic.

The annual event donned the theme, “Mastering Our Stories," which focused on "the resiliency of Black women in Hollywood through the years.

In a viral event that was hosted by ‘Orange is the new black’ star Laverne Cox, Zendaya, Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, Michaela Coel and Andra Day were some of the major honourees.

Zendaya who was in attendance got her award from her friend Yahya Abdul Mateen II whom she thanked as she accepted her award.

"This award means absolutely so, so much to me, "To be acknowledged by ESSENCE and by so many people that I admire and I appreciate means the world to me. I wish that I could be in a room full of all of you and talk to you and see your faces and hug you and thank you. I know that we're receiving the awards, but I really feel like I owe every single honoree, every Black woman that I've been able to come in contact with when I entered this building, a huge thank you," she went on to say. "Thank you for existing, thank you for being everything that you are."

Zendaya’s star seems to be shining bright as her red carpet look turned heads and as you can imagine, she nailed it.

She posed on the carpet in a dramatic vintage YSL Haute Couture dress. Andra Day and Storm Reid were also among celebrities whose looks shone on the red carpet.

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Andra Day [Courtesy]
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