10 Times Celebs Made Powerful Social Statements on the Red Carpet

Sep 29, 2023

By: Komal Banchhor

Celebrities Who Used the Red Carpet to Push for Social Change

The red carpet has long been a place where celebrities showcase their glamour and style. However, some stars remarkably used this platform to make genuine statements about social issues close to their hearts. Today, we delve into ten instances where celebritie...

1. Laverne Cox – Support for trans rights

Laverne Cox, an advocate for trans rights and a trailblazing trans woman herself made an impactful statement at the 2019 Emmys. Nominated for her outstanding work, Cox walked the red carpet carrying a rainbow clutch bag emblazoned with a crucial message: &...

2. Lizzo – Plea for voting rights

Lizzo took her passion for voting rights to the red carpet at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards. Dressed in a black mini dress adorned with the word "VOTE" repeated multiple times, she aimed to shed light on voter suppression during the contentious 202...

3. Auli'i Cravalho – Statement against indigenous women's mistreatment

In March 2023, Auli'i Cravalho made a bold statement at the premiere of "The Power." She wore a striking red handprint over her mouth, symbolizing solidarity with the fight against the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, a pressing ...

4. Travon Free – Tribute to victims of police brutality

Comedian and actor Travon Free used his fashion choice as a poignant tribute to victims of police brutality at the 2021 Academy Awards. His Dolce & Gabbana suit featured the names of individuals who had tragically lost their lives at the hands of U.S. poli...

5. Jennifer Nettles – Demand for gender equality in country music

Jennifer Nettles used her attire to demand gender equality within the country music industry at the 2019 CMA Awards. Her white pantsuit concealed a powerful message: "Play our in' records. Please and thank you" on the inside and "Equal ...

6. Mel B – Stand against domestic violence

Former Spice Girls member and "America's Got Talent" judge Mel B utilized her platform to deliver a defiant message following her tumultuous split from her abusive ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte. At the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, she donned a s...

7. Aunjanue Ellis – Protest against Mississippi's state flag

Aunjanue Ellis used her appearance at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards to protest Mississippi's controversial state flag which bore the Confederate flag, symbolizing racism and slavery. Dressed in an all-white gown with the words "Take it down Mississippi...

8. Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne – Plea for refugee rights

Simon Helberg, known for his role as  Howard Wolowitz in "The Big Bang Theory," and his wife, Jocelyn Towne made a powerful statement at the 2017 SAG Awards. Towne displayed the words "Let them in" prominently on her chest, above her strapl...

9. Amber Rose and Blac Chyna – Fight against -shaming

Amber Rose and Blac Chyna made a bold and unapologetic statement against misogyny and -shaming at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Both donned ensembles adorned with negative words like "Gold digger," "," and "" repeated across th...

10. Taboo – Cultural tribute and activism

Taboo, a member of the Black Eyed Peas, used the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards to honor his Native American heritage and advocate for social justice. Wearing a traditional Shoshone Native American outfit and raising his fist in defiance, Taboo ...