The 'choose life' dress was not the singer's first red carpet political statement

Singer Joy Villa turned heads Sunday night when she showed up to the Grammys with a dress bearing an anti-abortion message.

The singer, who is not nominated for any Grammys this year, wore a white dress inscribed with the words “choose life” next to a rainbow-colored drawing of a human fetus. In an interview with Fox News, Villa explained the thinking behind her choice: “I’m a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do. I’m all about life.” She added that the dress was inspired by her own choice to put a baby up for adoption when she was 21 and her belief that women should choose adoption over abortion.

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The anti-abortion dress is not her first political statement on the red carpet. At last year’s Grammys, she wore a red, white, and blue dress adorned with President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.” In December, Villa accused Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of inappropriate touching at a holiday party. But in her new interview with Fox News, Villa emphasized that she was still a Trump fan: “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!”

The respect appears to be mutual; when Villa announced in October that she was considering a run for political office, she got a thumbs-up from the president, who wrote on Twitter: “Good luck to Joy Villa on her decision to enter the wonderful world of politics. She has many fans!”

Villa wasn’t the only one using her red carpet appearance to make a statement; after a group of actresses wore black dresses to the Golden Globes as a sign of solidarity with the ongoing #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment, more celebrities showed up to the Grammys on Sunday with white roses on their outfits to convey a similar message.