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Singer Joy Villa made headlines last year when she arrived at the Grammys wearing a pro-Trump gown that read "Make America Great Again". Even before that, she'd been known as a red-carpet provocateur—in fact, there's an entire section of her Wikipedia page dedicated to her Grammys outfits. Villa decided to once again use fashion to make a political statement at the 2018 Grammys, walking the red carpet wearing a custom dress that reflects her pro-life stance.
According to a fact sheet she handed out to reporters on the 2018 Grammys red carpet, Villa purchased a Pronovias dress from The Bridal Garden, a Manhattan bridal boutique that gives back to "disadvantaged children in New York City," according to its website; the singer then hand-painted a baby in the womb onto the skirt. The illustration was adapted from a painting Villa made in 2007, when she was expecting a child that she would eventually give up for adoption. She also carried a white handbag that read "Choose Life," which Villa told Glamour on the red carpet was "her message" for the evening. (On her Instagram, Villa identifies that she's pro-life.)
Here's the full look:
Though Villa has long used the red carpet to make a statement, it was last year's pro-Trump Grammys gown that appeared to have a real impact: According to The Hill, her record "I Make the Static" climbed Amazon's list of top 100 digital albums after the 2017 ceremony; it also went up the charts on iTunes, per Idolator. It also attracted plenty of criticism, as well as accusations of having done it as a publicity stunt.
According to her Facebook page, she dropped a new EP on Sunday (Grammys day) in anticipation of a full album coming soon, with tracks available on iTunes and Amazon on Monday—so history seems to be repeating.
Given the past few Grammys, who knows what she'll wear next year—but in the meantime, this look is certainly a conversation-starter.