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Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her.If Carter wins an Oscar for best costume design this month, she would become the first African-American to win in the category.In three decades, Carter has been behind-the-scenes in some of Hollywood's biggest films. She's garnered Oscar nominations for her work in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" and Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," and received praise for her period ensembles in other projects such as Lee Daniels' "The Butler," Ava DuVernay's "Selma" and the reboot of "ROOTS". She's created costumes for Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and even Jerry Seinfeld for the "Seinfeld" pilot.Carter drew inspiration for the "Black Panther" costumes after traveling to Africa, speaking with people of the continent to understand the history of each artifact to ensure the different characteristics were represented properly in the film.The costumes have become so popular that people from different ethnicities -- young and older -- have worn Black Panther-themed costumes to theaters and at parties.Carter got her first start in 1988 on Lee's "School Daze," the director's second film.
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