Why these women rejected the Golden Globes black dress code

'The issue is bigger than my dress colour'

The normally colourful Golden Globes red carpet was a sea of black outfits last night, as guests showed up in LBDs, (long)BDs and black tuxedos.

The unofficial dress code had been picked as a show of solidarity for victims of sexual harassment, and was adopted by everyone from Meryl Streep to Angelina Jolie.

The Golden Globes 2018 Red Carpet

But not everyone appeared to get the whole black dress code memo – or at least decided against it for their own personal reasons:

Blanca Blanco: ‘The issue is bigger than my dress colour’

‘The issue is bigger than my dress colour’ tweeted actress Blanca Blanco, after showing up at the Golden Globes in a red slashed ballgown with silver high heels.

‘I love red’ Blanco told Refinery 29 from the red carpet, ‘wearing red does not mean I am against the #timesup movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to break [sic] the circle of abuse through their actions and their style choice. It is one of many factors leading women to a safer place because of their status in the acting world. I am excited about the Time’s Up movement because true change is long overdue.’

Meher Tatner: ‘When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black’

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatner also decided against wearing black for cultural reasons.

‘My mom and I planned this together a couple of months ago, it is a cultural thing’ she told Entertainment Today. ‘When you have a celebration, you don’t wear black. So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black. And so this is, for my mom. She is watching in Mumbai. Well, maybe not the live show, but she will watch. I love you, Mom.’

She added, “I do have my Time’s Up button, so [I’m] standing in solidarity with all these other women.’

Barbara Meier: ‘We were fighting a long time for the freedom to wear what we want to, and that it is also OK’

German model and actress Barbara Meier explained her decision to wear a floral gown on her Instagram account. Translated from German, her statement reads:

‘A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the time‘s up movement! I think this is a great and 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 the wrong way 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 is 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 serious. Us women should shine, be colorful and sparkle. Just like it is our nature. In my opinion this symbolizes our freedom and our new strength. But to make clear: A lot of bad things happened and should never happen again!!!’

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