With the dynamic director taking on her upcoming TV series debut in Queen Sugar, as well as the childhood Sci-fi favorite, A Wrinkle in Time with Disney, we’re probably more surprised than we should be to hear Ava DuVernay is in the director’s chair for HBO Films’ upcoming project, a Battle of Versailles documentary.

The documentary depicts the birth of American fashion, headlining the fashion show that took place on November 28. 1973, which pit a number of the top American designers we’ve known and loved today, against France’s top 5 designers. This gave us Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Klein’s then-assistant, Donna Karen, and more. In an extraordinary shift in the midst of the racial climate of the world of fashion in the 1970’s, 10 of the 36 models the American designers used to duke it out were black. Although paid a mere $300 for services rendered, the timing was divine indeed.

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Photo: exhibitions.fitny.edu

DuVernay is a force to be reckoned with, but in the throes of her amazingness, we have no choice but to also take the time out and acknowledge her gumption and strength. Just two days ago, DuVernary shared with the world the loss of her father.

With kind words shared in his honor from her gal pal, Oprah.

Despite the obvious, we’re only 3 months into 2016, and from where we sit, it has been an amazing one for Ava DuVernay thus far. I’m positive it only gets better from here.

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Photo: giphy

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