Actress reveals the real reason she didn't wear black at the Golden Globes
As I'm sure you're all aware by now, the Golden Globes on Sunday was dominated by the choice of outfits worn by those that were in attendance. It is commonplace for headlines to centre around the choice of dress or suit that guests decide to adorn for the evening, but this time the focus on outfits was for a different reason.
The majority of attendees to this year's ceremony opted to wear black. While we're used to colourful gowns and black and white suits, celebrities decided to opt for a more sombre look this year. This was, of course, in protest of the increasing accusations of sexual harassment within the world of Hollywood and to stand with those victims who have come forward to describe their experiences.
However, despite the majority of attendees joining in with the protest, some decided not to. One such woman was Meher Tatna. Tatna, who is the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, opted to wear a red traditional Indian ensemble to the star-studded event.
Despite received scorn for her choice of colour, S. Mitra Kalita, Vice President of programming at CNN emphasised that in India, "red is our basic black."
Barbara Meier, a German model and actress, also decided to don a multi-coloured gown. In a post on her Instagram account, she explained her choice of outfit, saying that women should be allowed to wear whatever they want:
"A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the ‘Time’s Up’ movement! I think this is a great and an extremely important initiative!"
"Nevertheless I decided to wear a colourful dress tonight. If we want this to be the Golden Globes of the strong women who stand up for their rights, I think, it’s wrong not to wear any sexy clothes anymore or let people take away our joy of showing our personality through fashion."
"We were fighting a long time for the freedom to wear what we want to and that it’s also ok, to dress up a little more sexy."
"If we now restrict this, because some men can’t control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion. We should not have to wear black to be taken seriously."
"US women should shine, be colourful and sparkle. Just like it is our nature."
While both women came under a certain amount of scrutiny and criticism for their outfits, the main bulk of hostility was thrown towards Blanca Blanco. The actress, who stepped out on the red carpet in a revealing red gown, received huge backlash across social media for her choice of outfit. Despite her responding on Twitter, she felt that it was necessary to further emphasise her reasoning on Fox News.
Speaking on the news channel, Blanco made it clear that she does support the campaign and pointed out a key issue in the shaming that has been aimed towards her.
"Wearing red does not mean I am against the movement."
"I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break the cycle of abuse through their actions and fashion style choices."
"It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status. I am excited about the #TimesUp movement; true change is long overdue."
Speaking about the scorn that she has received, she added:
"It hurts my feelings, but I guess it’s part of being in our industry. We have people who appreciate you and others that don’t."
"The designer Atria Couture did an amazing job with my dress and I appreciate them for dressing me."
"Shaming is part of the problem."
Hopefully now the criticism can cease.