Grammys 2021 was a star-studded affair, and we saw the likes of Beyoncé, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish win the prestigious trophies. The Partition singer created history by becoming the first-ever woman to have bagged the maximum number of Grammy Awards, while Styles was elated to win the first Grammy of his career. The night was all about music, but Lilly Singh took the internet by a storm when she used the global stage of the 63rd Grammy Awards to talk about the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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The content creator, who has been very vocal about the protest, made sure her efforts don’t go unnoticed. She clicked a picture wearing a customised black mask that had “I Stand With Farmers” on it, and posted the photo on social media. Lilly captioned the image, “I know red carpet/award show pictures always get the most coverage, so here you go media. Feel free to run with it #IStandWithFarmers #GRAMMYs.” This created a wave amongst social media users where many applauded her for taking the farmers’ protest to the Grammys. 

Lilly surely made an iconic appearance on the red carpet, and it had us thinking about all the times when celebrities used fashion as a medium to make political statements before. From the Golden Globes black dress movement to Lady Gaga’s stance on the U.S. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on the red carpet, here is a look at a few iconic red carpet appearances. 

Celebs Showed Up Wearing Black to the 2018 Golden Globes

This is by far the most iconic statement made on the red carpet. Hollywood stars including Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek, Ewan McGregor, Reese Witherspoon amongst others wore black to support and raise awareness for Time’s Up. The movement came after the #MeToo wave hit Hollywood, and Harvey Weinstein was named. Time’s Up aimed to draw attention to sexual harassment and bias in the workplace.

Lizzo’s ‘Vote’ Dress at the Billboard Music Awards

Lizzo often makes it to the headline for her viewpoint on different subjects. While arriving on the red carpet of Billboard Music Awards, Lizzo wore a black and white “vote” print dress by Christian Siriano. The singer wanted to create awareness about the elections, and urged her fans to vote. While collecting the trophy for Top Songs Sales Artist, she said, “There’s power in who you are [and] there’s power in your voice. So whether it’s through music, protest, or your right to vote, use your power, use your voice, and refuse to be suppressed.” 

ACLU Blue Ribbons Made a Splash on the Oscars Red Carpet

The 2017 Oscars saw stars arriving on the red carpet donning blue ribbons. The reason behind the fashionable flair was the American Civil Liberties Union’s new “Stand with ACLU” initiative. Karlie Kloss, Ruth Negga, Lin-Manuel Miranda were among the celebs who wore the blue ribbon to extend their support. The blue ribbon was a symbol of solidarity with the independent non-profit organisation, which have served to protect and guard individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and law of the U.S.

Simon Helberg’s “Refugees Welcome” sign at the 2017 SAG Awards

Donald Trump’s executive order preventing refugees from entering the United States was condemned by many, and actor Simon Helberg made sure he talked about it at the 2017 SAG Awards. Helberg paired his black velvet suit with a sign that read “Refugees Welcome,” while his wife, actress Jocelyn Towne, had “Let Them In” scribbled across her chest. 

Lady Gaga Walked With Gay Soldiers on the Red Carpet Of MTV Music Video Awards

U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members was considered unconstitutional by many. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy violated the First Amendment and due process rights of homosexuals, and Lady Gaga made sure she extends her support to them. She arrived on the MTV Music Video Awards red carpet with four military service members affected by DADT.

These are a few instances of the times when stars used fashion to make a point. Lily’s fashion statement will also now go down in history. 

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