Monique Coleman gives off a warrior princess vibe on the red carpet as she arrives for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Friday night (February 5) in Pasadena, Calif.
“The Image Awards are always my favorite to attend. The amount of love shown to each person that walked up to receive an award, or even just presenting just filled my heart with so much joy. It felt like a huge family reunion. I didn’t feel like people were sitting there unimpressed. I genuinely felt like everyone was so happy to see one another and see their peers succeeding. #blackexcellence,” Amber wrote on Twitter after the show and parties had wrapped up.
FYI: Monique wore a Galia Lahav dress with Rock & Republic shoes. Serayah wore a Philipp Plein dress, Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, Marcia Moran and Tara Hirschberg jewels and an Emmkou clutch. Keke wore an Atelier Swarovski cuff. Gina wore a SAFiYAA dress.
50+ pics inside of Serayah, Monique, Keke, Amber and Gina…
The actress, who played Taylor McKessie in the movie (and it’s two sequels), shared a video on her Facebook page ahead of tonight’s very special HSM anniversary.
“I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you so much for the last 10 years of my life,” she shared, holding back a few tears of her own. “…We [all] would be no where without you. You made this movie and you made us.”
Monique added, “I will forever and ever be grateful to you.”
Watch her full video below!
A personal message to the all you #WILDCATS out there!! #onceawildcat #alwaysawildcat #stillinthistogether #allthefeels #HSM10Vanessa HudgensCorbin BleuAshley TisdaleLucas Grabeel Zac EfronOlesya Rulin Kaycee Stroh
Especially ones about where she was, her reaction to getting the role of Taylor McKessie and the stories behind the pictures.
Monique shared another story from her time on the movie, as we come upon the 10 Year Anniversary.
“10 years ago, ???? I came home from filming High School Musical to an empty bank account and a 3 day eviction notice on my apartment door. I didn’t even watch the movie on my own television because I couldn’t afford the Disney Channel….instead I watched it with kids I was babysitting for $10/hr. I didn’t have a passport. I’d never recorded a song & I was collecting unemployment. I remember that one of my greatest aspirations was to be able to shop at Whole Foods,” she wrote on Instagram.
Monique continued, “I share this to remind you that dreams do comes true! They rarely come without sacrifice, hard work, and a faith that closely resemblance to insanity….but they do come true. Cherish the journey. Enjoy the struggles. And most of all, believe in yourself with all your heart ?? #HSM10.”