A history of political statements on the red carpet

Did you notice the stars wearing red pins at the Oscars?

Stars Insider

11/03/24 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Red carpet fashion

In addition to the usual hits and misses on the red carpet at the Oscars this year, there were also several subtle political statements. Stars like Billie Eilish, Mark Ruffalo, and Ava DuVernay donned small red pins on their lapels. On closer inspection, the pins also featured the outline of a hand around a black heart. They were designed by a group called Artists4Ceasefire who are campaigning for a ceasefire in Israel's war against Hamas, which has so far killed more than 30,000 Palestinian civilians. Over 400 celebrities have joined the campaign. 

“The pin symbolizes collective support for an immediate and permanent cease-fire, the release of all of the hostages and for the urgent delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza," explained Artists4Ceasefire in a statement. The group published a letter in October 2023 calling on Congress and President Biden to work towards a ceasefire. The letter was signed by many more stars, including Cate Blanchett, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Bradley Cooper, and America Ferrera.

The red carpet is a platform upon which many stars use fashion to make a statement. It’s the place where seemingly simple fashion rebellions can be statements at large, and small pins can speak volumes about social or political issues.

From donning tailored suits to going barefoot, check out which celebrities dared to challenge the status quo, and why. 

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