Go Inside Sope Aluko's 'Black Panther' Premiere Day, From Her Custom Gown to the Purple Carpet

The actress, who plays Shaman in the upcoming Marvel film, takes us inside her incredibly glam day getting ready

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By now you've spent most of your day looking at the stunning photos from the Black Panther premiere, where the red carpet dress code was "regal" and stars including Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan and Yara Shahidi certainly adhered to it.

Joining them was actress Sope Aluko, who plays Shaman. The Nigerian-born star and her stylist Hema Persad comissioned a dress from Nigerian designer Deola Sagoe made of material inspired by traiditional Aso Oke fabric, and finished the look with a Tyler Ellis clutch, Stuart Weitzman shoes and jewelry by Neil Lane, H. Stern, Roseark and Effy Jewelry.

Read on for her behind-the-scenes diary of her super-glamorous day leading up to the film's L.A. purple carpet!

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Rise and Shine

"Diving into my 'Los Angeles Scramble' for breakfast! Oh, how I L❤️VE Avocado to start off my day!"

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Nailing It

"Final nail touch-ups of my custom nails to go with my custom designer dress developed by Helen and Michael at Allura Nail Bar on Ventura Blvd! They are the best! 💅"

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Pretty Perfect

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"And the glamming process begins! It truly takes a village, and boy am I lucky to have these celebrity glam artists [makeup artist Julianne Kaye and hairstylist Alexander Armand] in my corner!"

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Nap It Out

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"I can't deny the fact that I love a head massage! Loosening up all those nerves... mmm...and then snooze time!"

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It's a Shoe-In

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"Let me see.. it's a choice of comfort or style. What do you think I chose? Comfort AND style of course! Happy feet, happy me! "

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Dazzling Danglers

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"So which one of these beauties graced my earlobes for the red carpet? Hint: You can't go wrong with Neil Lane jewelry."

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Note-Worthy

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"All glammed up and now taking a moment to read a personal note from the designer of my custom-made dress, Deola Sagoe. I am so honored to represent my home country, Nigeria, wearing this top designer's 'Salma' dress from her latest Komole Kandid collection. I have been transformed into an 'African Queen' and I'm loving it! Wakanda here I come!"

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Family Circle

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"Faith and family is my life engine! Saying a quick prayer with my family is just the tonic to send me off on my merry way!"

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Ready to Go

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"Off I go to face the world! I can't wait to see the rest of my cast mates on the red carpet! Pinch me! Is this really happening?"

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Got That Glow

"Here I go walking the 'Purple Carpet'! I was told I was glowing! Perhaps it was all the star power surrounding me or I was simply beaming with pride and joy!"

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Limo Scene

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"Purple carpet done, movie seen and now off to the after party to eat, drink and get my groove on! So excited for everyone to see the movie! African Proud!"

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Time to Dance

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"This lovely backdrop graced the entrance to the VIP afterparty! Oh, what a night I'm about to have! All my senses were on overload, but I played it oh so cool!"

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