So I know this is a little late as the Grammys have already come and gone, but I thought it was still important to post about considering its still a bit WTF. If you saw Joy Villa’s strapping dress at the Grammys you would know that it was a pro Trump style dress. And you may be wondering why is a woman of colour wearing such a dress? Yeah I know, but as she says in her tween its all about the freedom to express yourself etc….and did you know that the designer of the dress is a Filipino American who is a migrant to the US? Yep, I know a double whammy.
His name is Andre Soriano, and he states that he is supportive of the new POTUS despite his controversial immigration ban, and that the message of the dress was one of positivity. POTUS Trump = positivity? errrr, why don’t I see it? Soriano tells the Hollywood Reporter:
Soriano skirted questions regarding the meat of his political beliefs, but said he is a proud American and believes that he is an example of the American dream. He was first discovered on Rihanna’s Bravo reality show, Styled to Rock, and launched his label in San Diego in 2013, selling ready-to-wear and red-carpet looks online only. He is a naturalized citizen.
“There are a lot of people that are in power that really misconstrued what this country stands for,” he said. “I love this country. I’m from the Philippine islands, I am a proud American. I really love this country. I am a minority, Joy is black. America is about immigrants.”
He added of his relationship with Villa, “We’ve been working since the orange gown she wore two years ago, the fence dress. My husband is a contractor, and we went to Home Depot and I saw that fabric. The look went viral.”
Soriano has also outfitted Macy Gray, Courtney Love and Bai Ling for red-carpet events, but says he has a special relationship with Villa.
“I always channel Joy’s music as a designer — we’re both artists, and I love her so dearly,” says Soriano. “She is one of the people on this planet that really promotes love. We need to move this country forward, and we believe it’s time to promote love. We only live once, and we need to promote love. We have one president now who is going to do the best thing for planet America.”
As for the inspiration behind the pro-Trump dress, he says, “I heard that somebody wanted to bomb the White House. And then I saw the Women’s March. … Joy Villa is all about love with her music. I’m like, ‘Joy, We have to make a statement on what is right for our country, of what we believe in, for the Constitution.'”
I think he is misinformed an is just trying to assimilate to “white” American culture where Trump’s words are accepted as bible, I mean how could a person of colour be supportive of the POTUS considering he has caused so much anger domestically and globally, it is just a WTF in my books. Anyways, you decide.
Images via Hollywood Reporter
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