It was unclear going into the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday how many stars would wear black as a show of support for the #MeToo movement as part of a coordinated #TimesUp campaign. But by the end of the red carpet we knew: pretty much everyone, except for actress Blanca Blanco, and model Barbara Meier.
It was certainly a way to stand out, as a sea of black dresses and tuxedos blanketed the red carpet, by choosing to wear something bold and bright. But it could also be seen as a controversial decision by standing outside of the dress code organized back in December. If wearing black means solidarity and support, what does it look if you don't?
"Wearing red does not means I am against the #TimesUp movement," she said. "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."
Meier, a German model, took to Instagram to explain the decision behind her more colorful dress choice, saying she was making a statement of her own.
"If we want the Golden Globes today to be the strong women who fight for their rights, then in my eyes, it's the wrong way to stop dressing and take the joy of expressing our personality through fashion," she wrote. "We should not have to wear black to be taken seriously. We women should be radiant, colorful and sparkling."
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Meher Tatna, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was also in red, but told Entertainment Tonight on the carpet that her choice was a "cultural thing." According to Tatna, "[in India] when you have a celebration, you don't wear black." On Friday, she told Vanity Fair of the women behind the #TimesUp movement, "I am totally in solidarity with them."