By Emma Dooney
Michaela Coel made history at the Primetime Emmys 2021, becoming the first-ever black woman to win the award for Best Writing in a Limited Series of Anthology with her powerful series, I May Destroy You.
The multi-talented British actor and writer delivered a momentous statement upon receiving the accolade for her groundbreaking BBC series, which was met with critical acclaim upon its premiere in June 2020. Based on her own experience of sexual assault, the hard-hitting drama sees Michaela star as Arabella Essiedu, a London novelist trying to rebuild her life in the aftermath of a rape.
In her acceptance speech on Sunday night, Michaela shared some words of encouragement with her fellow screenwriters, before addressing viewers who have also survived a sexual assault.
“Write the tale that scares you,” she read from her notes. “That makes you feel uncertain. That isn’t comfortable. I dare you. In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves, and to, in turn, feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility, these days, seems to somehow equate to success, do not be afraid to disappear—from it, from us, for a while, and see what comes to you in the silence.”
Michaela Coel's beautiful words of inspiration and heartfelt dedication 💛 #IMayDestroyYou #Emmys pic.twitter.com/NXReU9EoS3September 20, 2021
After thanking her creative team for "two of the best years of my life", Michaela concluded her 48 second-long message by dedicating the story of I May Destroy You to “every single survivor of sexual assault.”
She also made waves with her gorgeous outfit—a neon yellow Christopher John Rogers design paired with gold and white Alighieri earrings and a diamond necklace. The customized gown consisted of two pieces—a bralette top that expanded into a billowing silk bow at the back and a fitted, ankle-length skirt in cotton twill. Coel reached peak highlighter vibes with matching yellow heels and some vibrant yellow eye makeup, proving she's not afraid to shine like the sun on the red carpet.
Michaela’s bold fashion choice was emulated by several other A-listers, who also went for a bright look on the evening. Comedian Nicole Byer stepped out in a dramatic off-the-shoulder purple dress, designed by Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, while Black-ish star Yara Shahidi rocked a waist-cinching Kelly green Dior gown.
Diana Ross's daughter Tracee Ellis Ross was another celebrity who opted for a showstopping look, wearing a glittery asymmetrical scarlet dress by Valentino.
Sarah Paulson also embraced the fiery shades of the rainbow, rocking up in a puffy-sleeved Carolina Herrera red dress with a plunging V-neckline.
The bright and bold creations ensured the Emmys 2021 had one of the most exciting red carpets in years.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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