Recognizing the latest style in charity -- From the red ribbon to the blue, use EW's guide to decode the socially-aware red carpet

By Tommy Nguyen and Tricia Johnson
April 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

As everyone knows, there’s nothing like wearing a bit of cloth on your lapel to show you’re a socially aware celeb. Everyone’s familiar with the ubiquitous red (AIDS) and pink (breast cancer) ribbons. But there are many colors in Hollywood’s activist palette. Here, a guide to the hue and cry.

Red: In addition to AIDS, the red ribbon is the symbol of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Celeb Supporters: Current spokeswoman Naomi Judd, Connie Sellecca

Lavender: Tying the knot with one of these says you endorse same-sex marriages.
Celeb Supporters: Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche (natch!), as well as Neve Campbell, Helen Hunt, and David Duchovny

Forest Green: Worn by advocates of organ donation
Celeb Supporters: Organ recipients Larry Hagman and David Crosby, as well as Michael Jordan

Gray/Silver with Red Dot: Diabetes awareness
Celeb Supporters: Reigning Miss America Nicole Johnson, Gladys Knight, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Mathers

White: This one’s for missing children.
Celeb Supporters: Spokeswoman Leeza Gibbons, Winona Ryder, Mariah Carey

Aqua Blue: This swatch is from the Feminist Majority Foundation, which wants to stop gender apartheid in Afghanistan. Its open weave symbolizes the tiny eye slits in the shrouds Muslim women are forced to wear (called burkas).
Celeb Supporters: Mavis Leno (Jay’s wife), Geena Davis, Sally Field, Halle Berry, Gillian Anderson, Brandy, Kathy Bates