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Golden Globes red carpet transformed by black dress protest

Published:Monday | January 8, 2018 | 10:38 AMAssociated Press
Nick Jonas was one of several men who paired their traditional tuxedos with black shirts rather than the typical white ones. -AP
Kendall Jenner had the social media choir puzzled as to why she was there. She won biggest dress in a huge high-low gown with a long train, nearly swallowing her up. -AP
Viola Davis showed off her natural hair in a body-hugging, black velvet custom Brandon Maxwell dress with a sweetheart neckline.-AP
Alison Brie, nominated for her Netflix wrestling show "Glow," wore a long, dramatic strapless top with a sweetheart neckline and pants underneath. She thinks change will come when more women are in power at the top and a lot more listening needs to happen across all industries.-AP
Meryl Streep (left), accompanied by domestic violence advocate Ai-jen Poo. -AP
Daniel Kaluuya, star of "Get Out," supported in a black tux from Gucci with a Time's Up pin on his lapel. He said he feels privileged to stand by the women fighting against the unnecessary evils that are happening in the industry.- AP
Claire Foy of the Netflix series "The Crown" went with a black pantsuit
Diane Kruger chose a Prada black-dotted tulle gown with a cascading shawl train, edges rimmed in fun metal beading.-AP
Eva Longoria and Reese Witherspoon power coupled in strong black looks with clean lines — the pregnant Longoria's tuxedo inspired.-AP
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The highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes took off yesterday as soon as the red carpet opened, including A-listers Meryl Streep in a deep V-cut gown and Michelle Williams in an embellished off-the-shoulder look with "Me Too" founder Tarana Burke at her side.

Streep, accompanied by domestic violence advocate Ai-jen Poo, said she chose black to stand in solidarity with others trying to right the power imbalance that leads to sexual abuse. "We want to fix that, and we feel sort of emboldened in this particular moment to stand together in a thick black line," Streep told the black-clad Ryan Seacrest on the carpet in Beverly Hills, California yesterday.

Turning the Globes dark on the fashion front had been anticipated for days after a call for massive reform following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and numerous others accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, media, fashion, tech, publishing and other industries. The new initiative Time's Up, backed by more than 300 women in Hollywood, doled out pins intended in part for those who might already have locked in more colourful looks. While the sea of black was unprecedented, the colour is not a red carpet newbie during awards season.

Not everybody supported the protest. Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of rape, has loudly and persistently called the effort an empty gesture.

Though the red carpet was dominated by black, actors made it their own:

 

-Associated Press