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Snazzy solidarity: is celebrity and fashion support for Ukraine crass?

By Lauren Cochrane

11 Mar 2022 · 1 min read

Making a political statement on the red carpet has become something of a trope in recent years. After the Harvey Weinstein revelations, women at the Golden Globes in 2018 wore black as a way to, as actor Alison Brie said, show solidarity “with all the women who have come out about being sexually harassed and abused”. While the awards ceremonies after the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 were from home, actors on video calls, including Regina King, Sandra Oh and Uzo Aduba, wore clothes in support of the campaign, and bringing the killers of Breonna Taylor to justice.

Sunday’s Bafta red carpet may see a more subtle way to support those in Ukraine, suggests Banks-Walker, through celebrities wearing items by Ukrainian designers. “I feel like that’s actually even more of a statement because you’re not making a big song and dance. It’s more like you’re actually financially contributing to their economy and society.”

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