Actresses to go to ‘Globes’ in black

While the Golden Globes are meant to be a celebration of talent in Hollywood, this year, things may be looking a littler darker.

According to People, sources confirmed that “many major actresses — including presenters and nominees (Jessica Chastain, Meryl Streep and Emma Stone are among those nominated) — are planning to wear all-black looks as a symbol of protest against harassment in Hollywood.”

The move comes as many prominent men in Hollywood — from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Dustin Hoffman — have been accused of sexual misconduct by Hollywood’s top leading ladies, executives and assistants, among others.

With the Globes kicking off awards season, People also reports that the protest may continue for other awards shows this year.

Streep seeking to end sexism in Hollywood

Sexism is everywhere: in corporate America, in schools and in sports. But according to Meryl Streep, it doesn’t have to exist in Hollywood any longer.

That’s why she’s teaming up with her fellow actors to change the culture in the movie capital of the world and forge a level playing field for all. Glamour reports that at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Streep told Gloria Steinem that she’s working with other actresses to stamp out sexual harassment and lead the charge in creating an environment of equality.

“Right now I’m getting together with a bunch of actresses that you know very well, and we’re all sort of going to make a set of nonnegotiable demands,” she said. “We’re after 50-50 by 2020.”

Spurred to create change by the numerous allegations against former film producer Harvey WeinsteinGlamour says Streep sees him as the most egregious case of the sexism that exists in Hollywood and beyond.

“The thing about Harvey Weinstein is that he is sort of the most gargantuan example of a kind of disrespect that permeates every industry, every enterprise,” Streep said, according to Glamour. “I’m not sure why. I have a lot of theories — maybe it’s in response to the women’s movement. Maybe it’s in fear of the women movement. But these abuses are about dominance.”

And changing that notion of dominance starts with lifting more women into high-ranking positions of power, says Streep, who thinks that “it starts at the top, none of these shenanigans would have filtered down and been tolerated.”

Offering a suggestion for every industry, Glamour said Streep summed up her argument by urging employers — and white men in power — to hire beyond their own ‘type’ to increase not only the diversity of employees, but also diversity of thought.

“White hires white. A guy who wears his baseball cap backward hires a guy who wears his baseball cap backward,” she said. “So we have to encourage the people who are currently in power, who are of one gender, to open the door.”



Streep to receive honors for LGBTQ advocacy

Meryl Streep is no stranger to winning awards — with Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes wins under her belt, she is surely running out of room to display all of her honors. But in February, the star is set to receive another honor that she’ll just have to make space for.

According to the Huffington Post, Streep is set to receive the Human Rights Campaign’s Ally for Equality Award for her support of the LGBTQ community. The Human Rights Campaign will present Streep with the award on Feb. 11 at their 2017  HRC Greater New York Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, says the Huffington Post.

Increasing awareness of LGBTQ people through movie roles, HuffPost outlines her history of maximizing visibility for the community in this way:

“In 1979, she played a lesbian in Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” and was bisexual and shared a smooch with Allison Janney in “The Hours.” Then, of course, there was her much buzzed-about onstage lip-lock with Sandra Bullock at the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards. And who could forget about her fantastical love scene in “Angels in America,” in which an angel (played by Emma Thompson) brought her to orgasm while hovering over Manhattan?”

Beyond her professional advocacy moments, HuffPost says that Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin believes that Streep deserves the award for generally being an advocate of LGBTQ people.

“Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community.”

She Leads, You Follow: ‘Ricki and The Flash’ Premiere Edition

The midsummer movie season is upon us, and that means another movie is set to debut at the box office. On August 3, stars lined up to walk the red carpet outside the AMC Lincoln Square Theater in New York City for the premiere of Ricki and The Flash, co-starring real-life mother-daughter duo Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer.

Speaking of the famous mother-daughter pair, Streep and Gummer both walked the red carpet in equally chic looks, proving that good fashion sense runs in the family.

Streep graced the red carpet in what The Daily Mail reports was a contrast-inset dress by Valentino, featuring a jewel neckline and tea-length hemline. Done in classic black and white, this dress’s contrasting insets produces a stylish color-block effect, making Streep’s ensemble the most eye-catching look of the night.

Mamie Gummer follow suit, matching her mother’s stylish look with one of her own — a black and blush color-block dress with a sheer mesh skirt, also done in a tasteful tea length. She completed her look with simple black sandals and upswept hair.

Rounding out this red carpet of impeccable fashion was Laverne Cox, who opted for a short, powder blue bodycon dress with an asymmetrical hemline from Elizabeth and James. She accessorized her modern frock with embellished pointed-toe pumps, a black and white clutch and a bold belt.

Although these gorgeous ladies are dressed to impress on the red carpet, there are some lessons to be learned from their red carpet style that can be applied in our everyday lives.

  1. Punch up a classic – Meryl Streep’s black and white contrast-inset dress shows us that it is possible to wear a classic combination like black and white in a new way; the proof is in the pleats that black and white doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it can be a really striking combination. If you want to pair black and white together in your outfits but fear looking boring, try to find pieces that pair the colors in a modern way. For instance, look for a dress with an asymmetrical hemline (like the skirt of Laverne Cox’s dress!). Prints always add a bit of depth to an outfit, so you can also try tops featuring black and white abstract or geometric patterns to revive the classic combination.
  2. Tea length is terrific – Both Streep and Gummer showed that tea length dresses are far from boring; it’s just a matter of picking a dress that fits your personality and that you’re comfortable in. If you are looking to try a tea length dress or skirt, take Gummer’s lead and try out a style with a semi-sheer skirt; this way, you get the look of a tea length dress or skirt while still being able to show off some leg.
  3. Don’t underestimate the power of a belt – The right belt on the right outfit can take the look to the next level, and that’s exactly what the belt did for Laverne Cox’s Elizabeth and James frock. A thick, detailed belt not only adds visual interest in an outfit, it also enhances the shape created by the garment. Cox’s belt accentuates her narrow waistline, creating a perfect hourglass shape. If you ever notice that your dress, skirt/top combination or even cardigan is looking a little shapeless, throw on a stylish belt right at your natural waistline, and you will instantly create shape in your outfit without extensive (or expensive!) alterations.