Fantasia Barrino shows off gown by Saudi designer Yousef Akbar in Los Angeles

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 DUBAI: “The Color Purple” star Fantasia Barrino attended the Astra Film Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend in a mandarin orange gown by Saudi designer Yousef Akbar.  

Barrino stars as protagonist Celie in “The Color Purple,” a musical period drama film directed by Blitz Bazawule. The film’s screenplay is based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker. It is the second film adaptation of the novel, following the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Spielberg and Quincy Jones.  

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