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Column: The women in black

The Serial Shopper

The Serial Shopper is Salute Magazine’s  weekly column authored by Fashion Editor Money Jensen. The Serial Shopper is a weekly look into the mind of our quirky and eclectic Fashion Editor and her thoughts on the state of the fashion industry, fashion influencers, and controversial topics within.

Fashion is an art that transcends cultures and to use style to make a statement is powerful. This past Sunday, women in the film industry of all ages, ethnicities, and genres banded together at the 75th annual Golden Globes by wearing black in solidarity with their sisters who were brave enough to come forward in the “me too”  and “Time’s up “movement.

Black has always been a color that people have equated with darkness, evil, and mourning but in this moment, epitomized with these women, black was an ultimate symbol of power and strength. The most moving moment of the night was undoubtedly the speech Oprah Winfrey gave while accepting her Cecil B. Demille Award for lifetime achievement.

Dressed in a beautiful Versace gown, Oprah Winfrey spoke power to her truth and the truth of so many other women in the room, and around the world, as she received her well-deserved award for her efforts in entertainment.

This powerful moment, this powerful night was accented by fashion in a way that didn’t overpower the message but instead strengthened it. To see so many powerful, talented, and enlightened women in the industry stand together and use their celebrity status and their personal fashion to bring the issue of workplace sexual assault and harassment, and the movement to end it to light was an impactful way to start the new year.

Last year, designers like Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior, used her designs to make a statement with her “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt, which has been worn by the likes of Chiara Ferragni, Natalie Portman, and Rihanna just to name a few(below).

Photo via: Elle UK

Photo via: Elle UK

As we move into this new year, let us continue to use fashion for the artful tool that it is to inspire, educate, and create a broader conversation. What some may see as frivolous and vain, can be used to spark change and fuel a movement.

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