Awkwafina: 'I had to learn to love myself in a dress'

Awkwafina at the 2019 Vanity Fair Academy Awards afterparty

Awkwafina had to learn how to beat her insecurities and love herself in a dress.

The Crazy Rich Asians star feels more comfortable wearing suits on the red carpet, but she is working hard to become confident while wearing gowns.

"I think fittings for me always start with insecurity, like, 'I hate this part about me,'" the 31-year-old shared. "I love dresses, but I think I had to learn to love myself in a dress. I had to learn to look at myself and be like, 'Don't slouch; really stand up and feel proud that you're in this beautiful dress.' I had to teach myself that."

Awkwafina, real name Nora Lum, prefers wearing glamorous two-piece suits because not only can she move better, it makes her feel powerful.

"The first time I really wore a suit to an event, I remember thinking, 'I can move so well.' But then there is (also) something about looking at yourself in a suit that does make you feel a sense of empowerment," the Golden Globe Award-winning actress added. "I like suits because I grew up kind of more of a tomboy. So I live in them better."

Awkwafina's style has evolved with the help of stylist Erica Cloud, who is responsible for dressing the former YouTube rapper in a pale pink Dsquared2 sequinned suit for the 2019 Academy Awards, and now the actress feels like she can express herself on the red carpet.

"I always felt very unsure when it came to fashion, but what I learned from (working with a stylist) is that it is definitely an expression of who you are," she said. "If you don't (feel like) yourself in it, you're not going to feel good in anything that you wear."

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