Joy Villa Wears Graphic "Choose Life" Gown at the Grammys
The dress featured an image of a fetus.
Singer Joy Villa arrived at the 2018 Grammy Awards in a provocative pro-life ensemble featuring a graphic image of a fetus.
The white Pronovias bridal gown, which Villa paired with an oversize tiara, was emblazoned with a red fetus encircled by rainbow hues that Villa hand-painted herself. Her handbag was inscribed with the words, "Choose Life."
According to her tweet, Villa's gown was purchased from Bridal Garden, a nonprofit bridal shop that donates proceeds to underprivileged children in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.
https://t.co/c0FzKmXH66 #grammys #chooselife @Joy_Villa hand-painted by #JoyVilla, on a @pronovias dress from @thebridalgarden, a non-profit with all proceeds going to @BrooklynCharter in Bedford-Stuyvesant for talented, under-privileged mostly minority children— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 28, 2018
"I'm a pro-life woman," she told Fox News. "This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do."
Villa also courted controversy last year when she stepped out in a dress featuring President Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," with "Trump" stamped on the train. The gown was designed by Filipino immigrant Andre Soriano.
As for how she feels about the president's first year in office, she said, "I love what he is doing; unemployment is down ... I am totally for President Trump, and it's only been one year. I can't wait for the next seven years!"
While making a political statement on the Grammys red carpet isn't unheard of, the explicit image felt particularly insensitive.
Villa did not acknowledge if her white gown was a nod to the Time's Up movement, which supports women in the fight against sexual harassment. In late December, Villa filed a sexual assault complaint against Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.