How Zendaya Perfectly Paid Tribute To An Iconic Tina Turner Look While Doing Dune: Part Two Press

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Written By Maya Cantina

Zendaya and the Dune: Part Two cast are in full swing when it comes to promoting the epic science-fiction sequel helmed by Denis Villeneuve. And that means she’s back with more jaw-dropping fashion looks for us to obsess over. When the actress took part in the Los Angeles press day for one of the most highly-anticipated 2024 movies, she and Law Roach paid homage to the late, great Tina Turner. To put it simply, this is a tribute that’s just too perfect.

Tina Turner died back in May at the age of 83 and, afterwards, many celebrated her incredible career as the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll along with her work as an actress. The Greatest Showman alum has always been one to respect those who’ve come before her, and she did so in sleek fashion when it came to how she honored Turner. Check out the Instagram post below to see her recent look for the Dune: Part Two (which we know a lot about) press day and try to guess how it paid tribute to Turner:

If Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome came to mind, then you got this one right! Though Law Roach did give it away in the caption. He and Zendaya decided to take notes from Tina Turner’s character, Aunty Entity, from the 1985 film for the actress’ latest look. The star herself also pointed out the reference in her Instagram stories with this post: 

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What a great reference! Zendaya and Law Roach are well-known at this point for taking inspiration from all sorts of places when it comes to her red carpet and all other big fashion moments. She previously paid tribute to a look from a past Beyoncé performance of “Crazy In Love” at the BET awards in 2021. She also sported a spider-webbed dress to the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere and a sand-colored dress when the first Dune movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Those are just a few examples, of course. All in all, the starlet’s history with fashion looks is quite extensive! 

When Tina Turner showed up in films, she often played herself, but she truly gave a performance as Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome‘s Aunty Entity, a glamorous and ruthless ruler of Bartertown. Director George Miller has said that when the movie was being written, initially had Turner in mind for the role but had “no idea” she would actually take it. 

Much like Zendaya when following in her footsteps, Tina Turner famously wore a silver dress with protruding shoulder pads (because it was the ‘80s) and high slits on the sides. The Marvel star’s dress certainly emulates the silhouette of Turner’s Beyond Thunderdome dress, yet the material is much more business professional, for sitting in front of journalists all day rather than being made out of the much more sheer material Turner’s dress is. 

Zendaya’s latest look comes after a viral Paris Fashion week moment, which involved her sporting bangs. I think this latest fit might top that, though, and it’s hard not to appreciate the sentimental factor to it. Here’s hoping that the A-lister continues to pay tribute to some of Hollywood’s greatest while furthering her fashion evolution. In the meantime, you can see the actress and her castmates like Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler and Florence Pugh on the big screen when Dune: Part 2 hits theaters on March 1. 

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