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Quvenzhane’ Wallis’ Dog Purse

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Quvenzhane’ Wallis’ Dog Purse
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The year? 2013. A Best Actress nominee is asked by Ryan Seacrest how to describe her outfit. She answers succinctly, “It is sparkly and fluffy.” It was, and the “it” in question was a small purse in the shape of a dog wearing a tiara and a tutu. The actress was 9-year-old Quvenzhane’ Wallis, the youngest person to ever be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Each red carpet interview with Wallis that awards season, almost all of which were accompanied by one of her many puppy purses, was a delightful reminder that these sorts of events should be celebratory and fun! The dog was named Sammy, after her real dog back at home. We love an homage! I thought about Wallis and Sammy when And Just Like That featured Carrie Bradshaw’s pigeon clutch. There’s something so gloriously whimsical about tucking a little animal under your arm and bringing it along with you for the evening. The Oscars can always use that sort of flourish if you ask me! —Kady Ruth Ashcraft

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