The Powerful Reason Why Actresses Will Wear Black On The Red Carpet During Awards Season

This isn't drab, it's fab.

This awards season, protest will be the top red carpet trend. Actresses will reportedly ban together by wearing black when arriving at the star-studded events, beginning with the Golden Globes on January 7, for a very poignant reason: showing solidarity for those affected by sexual assault and gender inequality.

Multiple outlets — including the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, People, and Us Weekly — have sources saying that women, both nominees as well as presenters, will be wearing black to the Golden Globes. The group of those partaking in the protest has also reportedly grown in the wake of all the fallout since Harvey Weinstein and a slew of other men in powerful positions in the entertainment world have been accused of sexual misconduct. 

This may seem like a small gesture (though one that is admittedly more significant than wearing a ribbon), but it's one that has the potential to extend throughout all of awards season — which culminates with the Oscars on March 4.

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One thing's for certain: it'll definitely make the "who are you wearing" question more topical and meaningful. The #AskHerMore movement has already pushed for interviewers to evolve beyond that line of questioning and this seems like a way to ensure that happens in 2018.

There's no confirmation as to which women will be joining this campaign, but the list of actresses nominated this year include Hollywood heavyweights such as Jessica Chastain, Sally Hawkins, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Stone, Mary J. Blige, Hong Chau, Allison Janney, Laurie Metcalf, and Octavia Spencer. 

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(Unfortunately, no female directors were nominated despite the fact that Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees, Patty Jenkins, Angelina Jolie, and others have created outstanding work this year.)

This news comes on the heels of the SAG Awards will be all about the ladies. Per Deadline, Kristen Bell was announced as the show's first-ever host, with the organization opting to go for a woman when men are more likely to host these types of events. Not only that, but The New York Times reports that all of the presenters at the January 21 show will be female.

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