At the Oct. 26 premiere of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Janeshia Adams-Ginyard sported no clothing. To honor her late co-star Chadwick Boseman, who played T’Challa in the first “Black Panther” film and passed away prior to filming the sequel, the actor and stuntwoman painted her entire body.
The large statement illustration of Boseman’s face on Adams-back Ginyard’s was the main focus of her body art, but the smaller details paid homage to her ancestors. Adams-Ginyard captioned a video of herself wearing thought-provoking clothing with the phrase “Full Body Paint like what my ancestors did to recognise events.” In the video, she was seen walking the red carpet while wearing a velvet cape that she later took off to reveal vibrant, multicoloured body paint with tribal patterns applied to her bare skin. The body art was obviously painted, but it also had elements of both clothing and jewellery.
Steel’s artwork mirrored the long, regal gold cuffs that Adams-Ginyard wore on her wrists and the collar-like necklace that she wore around her neck. Abstract, entwining swirls that formed a pattern resembling a breastplate covered her entire chest. Steel painted a panther, a scene from the movie, directly over her belly button underneath it.