In "Belle," Gugu Mbatha-Raw played a daughter of a slave raised to be a woman in polite society in 18th century Britain. She had to carry herself like a lady, in modest clothing Jane Austen would have recognized.
But in "Beyond the Lights," she plays a hip hop starlet in the Beyonce/Miley/J. Lo mold, oozing sexuality. Mbatha-Raw dons short-shorts and high boots, halter tops and in one dress, all that covers her bosom is a carefully arranged gold chain. Was she ever embarrassed?