At the all-black themed 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, at least three women decided to go against the grain. German model Barbara Meier wore a sheer multicolored floral gown, Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Meher Tatna wore a bright and sparkly red gown with an overcoat, and actress Bianca Blanco wore a racy red dress.
In the wake of widespread attention to sexual harassment within the entertainment industry and beyond, hundreds of actresses, female directors, writers, and executives founded a legal defense fund that combats sexual harassment called Time’s Up. The fund has no leadership, but as The New York Times reports, its members include well-known celebrities like Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, Emma Stone, Ashley Judd, and Natalie Portman.
According to its website, Time’s Up "addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that have kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. We partner with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements, and corporate policies; help change the face of corporate boardrooms and the C-suite; and enable more women and men to access our legal system to hold wrongdoers accountable."
As the word spread, the majority of celebrities who adorned the red carpet decided to show solidarity for sexual harassment victims by wearing all black clothes and Time’s Up pins.
With this social climate as the backdrop for one of the biggest entertainment celebrations of the year, why did three influential women not wear black in solidarity?
Meier took to Instagram to voice her opinions in her native tongue. The translation of her post was reported by PageSix:
We were fighting for a long time for the freedom to ... dress up a little more sexy. If we now restrict this, because some men can not control themselves, this is a huge step back in my opinion. We should not have to be 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.
Tatna, on the other hand, explained to Entertainment Tonight her decision. “It’s a cultural thing ... when you have a celebration, you don’t wear black.”
Tatna also made clear to ET that she picked out the dress with her mother, who would be watching the show in Mumbai. “So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black. And so this is for my mom.”
Blanco’s reason was reportedly simpler than her fellows: she just likes the color red.
In an interview with Refinery29, Blanco wrote, "I love red ... Wearing red does not [mean] I am against #timesup movement. I applaud and stand by the courageous actresses that continue to [break] 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."