How red carpets and beauty pageants became the new battlefields | Eva Wisema

After the Golden Globe dress code, activists have discovered the power of sneaking a protest on to unexpected platformsThe first thing I thought when I saw the blackout at the Golden Globes was that these women looked like an army. The second was a memory. A memory of a news story from late last year, about people trying on clothes from Zara and finding little notes sewn inside. “I made this item you’re going to buy,” Turkish factory workers had written, after the company they’d worked for went bust, “but I didn’t get paid for it.” It was an SOS, a flare in the night, and one impossible to ignore because it caught everybody unexpectedly, in a place where it couldn’t be written off. A sneaky protest.And, despite the furiously high profiles of the actors involved in the Time’s Up movement to raise awareness of sexual harassment, one element of which were last week’s black dresses, this too felt sneaky. When the plan for an all-black red carpet was announced, responses were mixed. Rose McGowan tweeted: “I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear [Weinstein’s wife’s label] Marchesa,” and The Washington Post’s fashion critic Robin Givhan argued: “Putting on...
11 Published By - Women | The Guardian - 2018.01.14. 06:00
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