Awards show attendees in recent weeks have used fashion to do more than just look pretty. Rather, by wearing black at the Golden Globes, sporting Time’s Up pins, or accessorizing with a white rose, many have protested sexual harassment within the entertainment industry and beyond. Singer Joy Villa also used the red carpet to send a political message at the Grammy Awards on Sunday — by wearing a gown with a rainbow fetus design on it while carrying a “Choose Life” purse.
The satin gown was purchased from nonprofit The Bridal Garden and was designed by Provonias. Villa painted the rainbow motif herself, a version of which she shared on Twitter and Instagram.
In addition to her custom purse, she accessorized with a tiara and other diamond jewels.
The 26-year-old said she decided to feature a rainbow fetus on her Grammys dress because she gave up a baby for adoption when she was 21. She’s been outspoken on social media about her views on the subject, even calling abortion murder on Twitter in November.
Social media reaction was mixed, with some calling it “awesome” and others saying it’s a stunt.
— Younger Z (@YoungerZ____) January 28, 2018
Singer @Joy_Villa wore a pro-life dress to the Grammys that featured a baby in the uterus and a handbag with the words "Choose Life."
The Hollywood and music elite aren't going to like this at all. pic.twitter.com/7Fk1pvtJv9
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) January 28, 2018
— Diane Black (@DianeBlackTN) January 28, 2018
Joy Villa wears anti-abortion dress on #GRAMMYs
Good way to show lack of taste and failure to understand that you can't take away women their choice pic.twitter.com/1EQv2QoF7q
— Blocked By Comcast (@FightToResist) January 28, 2018
— Political Suicide (@PoliSuicide) January 28, 2018
This woman is such a tool. I’m not saying that her opinions aren’t valid, but the way she chooses to express them. pic.twitter.com/PFfTf5pLQY
— Natalie Martin (@KnickNats) January 28, 2018
Someone get rid of that scam @JoyVilla_ out there hoping for some type of endorsement and really just embarrassing herself.
— (@millionthman) January 28, 2018
Joy Villa may be a psycho Scientologist but she’s making some power statements with her award show dresses
— Sienna (@sienknox) January 28, 2018
@Joy_Villa love that dress. Way to stand up for life
— Brian Davis (@RuralVoiceOhio) January 28, 2018
I like @Joy_Villa hope she keeps moving strong through all the hate.
— Joseph packer (@Josephpacker7) January 28, 2018
“I’m a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do,” she told Fox News. “I’m all about life.”
At the Grammys in 2017, she similarly used her gown to draw attention to a personal cause. The singer, who has been exploring a run for Congress, stepped out in a red, white, and blue “Make America Great Again” dress with the word Trump along the train’s hemline.
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