Last night, fashion got political in an empowering way. The Golden Globe Awards have traditionally been known as a place to celebrate stars, fawn over the beautiful dresses, and rip art the not-so flattering ones. This year, however, the red carpet featured a parade of black gowns that heralded the battle against sexual harassment and gender inequality overtaking the country. In a show of solidarity for the Time’s Up initiative, female (and some male) attendees wore all black to the ceremony.
In fact, the E! channel, embroiled in their own controversy, chose to not ask actresses who they are wearing, but rather why they are wearing black. Their compelling responses that sent messages of unity and empowerment were what really made history.
Mariah Carey stunned with her call for gender parity and a sheer black fluted gown.
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After NBC’s Al Roker mistakenly congratulated the singer for racking up statuettes, Carey schooled him on how the gender gap had actually made that impossible. In fact, the first-time Golden Globe nominee, nominated in the songwriting category, assured Roker that female songwriters are often passed over for opportunities to write music for film and left out of these awards celebrations.
“Many times men forget that women also write songs and I’m really excited about it because of that,” Carey corrected. Her vintage Dolce & Gabbana dress flashed a bold message of protest in support of the Time’s Up initiative that was sparked by Me Too.
Salma Hayek hit high notes in Balenciaga and a speech that addressed rape victims.
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Hayek, who recently wrote a powerful New York Times op-ed about Harvey Weinstein, united the award show’s audience by leading a battle cry for Time’s Up after introducing a clip of the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
America Ferrera shimmered in Christian Siriano and shed light on sexual misconduct.
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“It’s so incredible to look around and see everyone in solidarity, ready to really address the issues that exist in our industry and across all industries,” Ferrera said in an interview on the red carpet. “It’s our job — right now, the time is now — for us to do the work that will make women and all people more safe and more equal in their workplaces and in their lives.”
Rosa Clemente out shined and raised up the sisterhood.
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Activist Rosa Clemente attended the awards ceremony with Susan Sarandon as her date. “Our sisterhood is strong. It’s always been strong. Now we need men to be allies and accomplices in smashing sexual violence,” Clemente told Access. “It can’t just be because you have a daughter or mother. It has to be because we are human beings that deserve the right to dignity, whether we’re working on a Hollywood set or working at Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
Eva Longoria Bastón looked sharp in a high slit and dicing of a misnomer.
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Longoria Bastón was quick to school Today Show host Carson Daly on the power of the Me Too after hearing him call the movement a “moment.” It’s a label she resisted because of its indication that the movement was only slight in impact and temporary. “This is not a moment. This is a movement, and tonight is just one small part of that,” Longoria Bastón said.
Now listen, I love seeing a killer dress on the red carpet. But hands down, the most impactful part of last night was hearing the outspoken advocacy take place throughout the event. THAT was true gold.
And in case you missed these big moments, say it with me!
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Here’s to all of the women behind Me Too who are pushing its message beyond the stars!