A Fashion Statement


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The red carpet turns into a sea of black as actresses show off their all black attire in solidarity with the anti-sexual harassment organization, Time’s Up.

Amanda Chung, Photojournalist

The Golden Globes’ red carpet experienced a blackout on Sunday, January 7. In wake of the recently surfaced cases of sexual misconduct in Hollywood and the entertainment industry, the women, and men, walking the carpet decided to wear all black in solidarity for the anti-sexual harassment group, Time’s Up.

This organization was formed partly due to the allegations made against Harvey Weinstein in October; it is essentially a extension of the #MeToo movement. The purpose behind Time’s Up is to advocate for “legislation to curtail workplace harassment across industries” and to seek “gender parity at various entertainment companies” (CNN). The actress-backed charity has managed to raise nearly $15 million for a legal defense fund, and  they plan to make more money by auctioning off the dresses that were worn at the Golden Globes.

Pieces worn by Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, Salma Hayek, and more will be available on ebay.com/TimesUp from Jan. 19 through Jan. 26, as part of a partnership between Condé Nast and eBay for Charity. Tuxedos worn by Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, and others can also be purchased. There will be a required minimum donation of $25.

Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor-in-chief of Vogue, believes it is important to support meaningful social change, and she hopes that through the combination of fashion and activism, “the black dresses worn at this year’s historic Golden Globe Awards will raise funds for the Time’s Up initiative, and serve to support the stories and voices of those who have been victims of sexual misconduct” (Vanity Fair).

Some people are criticizing the blackout at the Golden Globes, saying that it was meaningless and didn’t aid in the empowerment on women. However, Ashley Bui-Tran (11) disagrees. “I think this event made a huge impact on the female empowerment movement,” she says. “These celebrities are using their platform to shine a spotlight on important issues, at an event that is watched by so many people across the country. Plus, they’re raising a lot of money for women in need by auctioning off their dresses.”

All proceeds made through the auction will be donated to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.