Here’s the truth: politics seeps into almost anything. So it’s no surprise that the Grammys, being the biggest award show in the music industry, drew out some massive political statements just as the Golden Globes did earlier this month.
Villa paired a rainbow fetus dress with a “Choose Life” bag and sparkling crown, and this wasn’t the first time she came to the red carpet with her heart quite literally on her sleeve. At last year’s Grammys, Villa stunned when she unveiled a red, white and blue “Make America Great Again” gown.
. @joy_villa made a statement at last year’s #Grammys with a pro-Trump dress. This year, she wore a white gown with a rainbow uterus and fetus and carried a “Choose Life” handbag. https://t.co/I9JjnzGhva pic.twitter.com/q9MkV0D60w
— AP Fashion (@AP_Fashion) January 28, 2018
Villa told FOX Monday morning that she painted the multi-colored design herself. It was created 10 years ago when she was 8 months pregnant with her daughter whom she ultimately gave up for adoption.
As she explained on Instagram Sunday night, “I hand painted my @pronovias gown with a recreation of my daughter’s sonogram portrait I painted in 2007 at 20 years old, 8 months pregnant with my beautiful daughter, whom I adopted out to a wonderful family. I’m incredibly blessed to have given life, and I hope to encourage anyone in a similar painful situation to choose adoption.”
My statement for the 60th @recordingacademy is #CHOOSELIFE. ???? I believe in loving the child and the mother, and I am proudly #ProLife. There is so much pain out there, but I choose to spread love and hope. ❤️??I hand painted my @pronovias gown with a recreation of my daughter’s sonogram portrait I painted in 2007 at 20 years old, 8 months pregnant with my beautiful daughter, whom I adopted out to a wonderful family. I’m incredibly blessed to have given life, and I hope to encourage anyone in a similar painful situation to choose adoption. ?? I also hand painted my #Chooselife bag! And my gorgeous crown is made in USA, NYC. My dress comes from nonprofit @thebridalgardennyc who donates all of the proceeds to @brooklyncharterschool supporting underprivileged minority children. #love #blessed #life #grammys #grammys2018 #joyvillagrammys #joyvillamusic #grammysnyc #redcarpet #grammysfashion #MAGA #princessjoyvilla
The conservative musician told FOX, “I was 20 years old, I was faced with a crisis pregnancy and this is something that meant a lot to me. And I really wanted to show my values on that carpet and use this platform for activism. A lot of stars use activism — I use activism for my own personal value system.”
As for the response to her head-turning Grammy look, Villa said she got “a lot of love, a lot of hate.” She cited social media as the root of the backlash but said that at the ceremony itself, a lot of people commended her, calling the whole outfit “beautiful.” And they wanted to know her story.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 29, 2018
It goes to show that no matter what your beliefs are, however you choose to make a fashion statement — a white rose, black wardrobe or pro-life paint — it’s guaranteed to start a conversation.
When she first announced two months prior that she was thinking of running, Trump sent her a tweet wishing her good luck:
Good luck to @Joy_Villa on her decision to enter the wonderful world of politics. She has many fans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2017
“This congressional possibility is looking more and more like a reality,” Villa said, “and I’m proud to dive into it.”