Award shows are always full of stunning looks, and why should we expect anything different during the current COVID19 pandemic. The 72nd annual Emmy Awards is the first award show since the epidemic started, and we started living in this crazy, unprecedented world. Nominees all created their own twist on the night’s events, Nicholas Braun from Succession donned a suit paid with crocs. Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh sported a satin bomber that read “Black Lives are Precious.” Zendaya, who became the youngest actress to win Lead Actress in a drama series, stunned in a custom crystal-embellished Armani gown.
Other nominees and “attendees” such as Yara Shahidi wore a custom-feather Prada outfit, Kerry Washington in Oscar de La Renta, and Reese Witherspoon in Louis Vuitton all looked amazing in this virtual event. But two winners stood out for more than just their outfit, Regina King and Uzo Aduba.
Regina King, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a limited series, and Uzo Aduba, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a limited series, both wore Breonna Taylor t-shirts. King’s, which read “Say her name” and featured Taylor’s face, while Aduba’s read “Breaonna Taylor” across it. Both women, although a simple outfit, carried a powerful message.
The Emmys. An incredible night and true joy to celebrate the work of our community. Thank you @televisionacad for the tremendous honor for my work in @mrsam_fxonhulu It was a real privilege to model the spirit of my character, Shirley Chisholm, https://t.co/eyr1TRB6UU pic.twitter.com/NX1k45UV9E
— Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) September 21, 2020
Taylor was shot eight times by police officers who forced their way into her home in the middle of the night. No one has been charged for her death yet. These two women shared a powerful message with no words at all.
While King thanked the academy for choosing her to represent the thespian community, she urged the public to vote, “Got to vote. I would be remiss not to mention that.” And Aduba thanked her fellow nominees and women in Mrs. America, the show which she received a nomination for her portrayal as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African-American candidate to run under a major party for President. Both women remind us fashion is more than beautiful gowns and stunning fabric; it is about standing up for what you believe in and what is right.
You can purchase t-shirts here.