Mendes says her mother was one of her beauty inspirations growing up. "She is the kind of woman who would never leave the house without putting on lipstick and her hair done," she says. Her other beauty idol growing up was Who's The Boss-era Alyssa Milano. "With her dark hair and Italian complexion, she was the only one out there who looked close to me," says Mendes.
At the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s benefit gala, Gabrielle Union showed up in a strapless styled Prada gown in a rich shade of emerald green. A diamond wreath at her neck and black T-strap heels completed her look.