Rita Moreno has been quoted as saying that when it comes to gray hair, it’s all about the cut. And the storied actress proved her point tonight on the Critics Choice Awards 2022 red carpet, attracting the spotlight with her signature silver pixie and luminescent skin.
Worn neatly coiffed save for a bit of feathered texture, Moreno’s chop furthered the power of her natural shade, particularly when coupled with petaled touches or makeup. Moreno, 90, has embraced many haircuts over the years, from brushed-up shags to bowled bobs to more puckish pixies. But her most recent iteration skews decidedly elegant—and red carpet-ready.
When Ariana DeBose accepted her award for best supporting actress for her reprisal of Moreno’s iconic role as West Side Story‘s Anita, she gave a special thank you to Moreno—who was also nominated in the category: “you made space for me to thrive beside you,” DeBose said.
And though the words may be Maria’s, feeling pretty and bright seems to be a requirement for all members of a West Side Story ensemble.