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Olivia Munn On Red Carpet Dressing: 'I Get Pushed Into 'Sexy,' and I Didn't Want to Do That'

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Olivia Munn has been killing it on the red carpet lately, and we recently learned the secret to her style transformation. As it turns out, it’s also one that Michelle Dockery and Lupita Nyong’o share: Stylist Micaela Erlanger! The celebrity stylist made her debut on The Hollywood Reporter‘s top 25 most powerful stylists list all the way at No. 3, and Munn came out to celebrate Tuesday.

For many years, Munn went without a stylist because “it’s really hard to find people who see you the same way that you see yourself or how you want to be presented,” she said. “I’m not the stick thin girl, I’ve got boobs and a butt. I get pushed into ‘sexy,’ and I didn’t want to do that.”

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But going straight to the design houses was getting tricky and time-consuming, so just about the time that she was ready for some help, she noticed Nyong’o’s major style streak on the red carpet (how could you not)? “When I saw Lupita on the red carpet in that red dress at the Golden Globes, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, who is that?’ I looked her up online and I saw all of her outfits … and I was looking at Michelle Dockery, [and] I was like, ‘I have to find out who Micaela is.’ I love that Michelle and Lupita have a distinct style. [Micaela] brought it out in them, they don’t all look the same.”

She officially brought Erlanger on board for the Costume Designers Guild Awards, which Munn remembers fondly. “My favorite look that we’ve done is probably the very first one we did. It was such a beautiful dress and it wasn’t over the top showy. She put this blue turquoise Neil Lane flower earring with it. It made the dress fun and not so serious.”

The star is loving her new collaborator, and has her own style goal for 2014: “I’m still evolving and I would love to get to a place where I finally feel comfortable, especially on the red carpet.” We’d say she’s well on her way!

Are you loving Munn’s style lately? Are you excited for more Erlanger red carpet excitement? Let us know below!

–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Raha Lewis

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