The 75th Golden Globe Awards took place last Sunday, January 7, and the red carpet event, which is usually a place where celebrities strut around in extravagant and lavishly decorated gowns in all the colors of the rainbow, this year took on a more somber and subdued tone. The celebs agreed to dress in black to show their solidarity for the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up Initiative which support the victims of the cases of sexual assault and harassment recently uncovered in Hollywood. All the stars in attendance abided by this agreement; everyone wore black, except for three ladies who chose to disregard this unofficial dress code: Barbara Meier, Meher Tatna, and Blanca Blanco. These three dared to be different, as reported by pagesix.
German model Barbara Meier wore a beige colored floral gown with a sheer skirt; Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna dressed in a red embroidered ensemble accessorized with the Time’s Up pin; and model Blanca Blanco went for a velvety red dress with a daring cut-out and a thigh-high slit. All three women received a lot of criticism for their apparent lack of solidarity with the common cause, but they have come forward trying to explain that their choice of wardrobe did not mean they’re against the movement. On the contrary, they declare themselves staunch supporters.
Barbara Meier stood up for her right to “show her personality through fashion”
Barbara Meier, who won the second season of Heidi Klum’s Germany’s Next Topmodel, took to her Instagram even before the event had started to announce her decision to wear a colored dress and explain the reasoning behind it.
“A lot of women will wear black tonight to support the Time Up movement! I think this is a great and extremely important initiative!” the 31-year-old wrote. “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.”
Meher Tatna’s choice was “a cultural thing”
Meher Tatna, who was born in Mumbai, India, explained that she chose the outfit with her mother’s help and that the color had to do with her culture. In an interview for Entertainment Weekly, she said,
“My mum and I planned this together a couple of months ago, it is a cultural thing. 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 mum.” However, she pointed out that she did wear the Time’s Up pin. “I do have my Time’s Up button, so [I’m] standing in solidarity with all these other women,” she continued. “The HFPA is 60 percent women, we’ll have our stories. We are also journalists, so anybody who expresses themselves, especially on this topic, we are in solidarity with.”
Blanca Blanco “likes red”
Blanca Blanco was showered with accusations and criticism on social media. People condemned the eye-popping scarlet hue of her dress as a cry for attention, as well as the extremely revealing nature of the gown for completely undermining the whole point of the initiative. However, there were also those who defended her right to wear what she wants. Some indicated that shaming someone for what they’re wearing is, in fact, part of the problem. The 37-year-old went on Twitter, and without defending herself or offering an apology, she wrote, “The issue is bigger than my dress color TIMESUP,” and then she added, “Red is passionate.”
On Monday, Blanco spoke to Fox News, and said, “I love red. 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.”