When Lupita Nyong'o Wore A Light Up Dress To A Star Wars Event, It Wasn't To Be Fashionable

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Lupita Nyong'o has the rare ability to light up any red carpet she graces.


This time, instead of bedazzling our eyes with a $150,000 dress, she literally lit up the cameras with a glimmering LED dress.

She was on hand to celebrate the "Star Wars: Force 4 Fashion event in N.Y.C.," as Style News reports, which was helping to raise money for the Child Mind Institute, a non-profit that helps kids and families struggling with learning disorders and mental health issues.

The dress was more than a bold fashion choice though.

Designed by Zac Posen with the help of Maddy Maxey and Google's Made With Code initiative, the LED dress was worn to call attention to the need for more female computer science majors.

As the Made With Code website points out, "74% of girls express interest in science, technology, engineering and math in middle school," yet by high school, only ".3% of girls plan to major in Computer Science."

A statistic that certainly needs change through encouragement.

As InStyle.com reported, the dress is "embedded with over 500 programmable LED lights underneath its top layer of fabric."

Nyong'o told In Style that the dress is, "fashion meeting computer science," and added "it was all coded by girls."

Well, Nyong'o certainly captured our attention. Let's hope the same is true for girls all over the world.


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