When Blake Lively won a People’s Choice Award at the Jan. 18 event, she used the moment to give a speech that encouraged young girls to shed any limitations placed on them.
According to Entertainment Weekly, after winning a PCA for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress, Lively shared words of wisdom passed down to her from her mother:
“My mom, she always taught me as a kid that you can’t ever let anyone limit you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you there’s something you can’t do,” she said.
Sharing that as a child, she wanted to meet the Spice Girls, EW says the actress told the audience what she learned from idolizing the girl group. “What was so neat about them was that they’re all do distinctly different, and they were women, and they owned who they were, and that was my first introduction into girl power,” Lively said.
With her award, Lively contended that a vote for the Favorite Actress category was a vote for girl power. “Watching this movie, and the women nominated in this category — when you guys voted for this, you didn’t just vote for this movie or me, but you voted for girl power,” Lively said, according to EW. “And men voted for girl power, too, and you guys are awesome for doing that.”
Adding that her win and her peers’ nominations proves that people “want to hear stories about women,” Lively concluded her speech by calling on fans to share their stories, because “You need to be heard, you are valuable, and no one can limit you!”
In addition to making television viewers smile every day, Ellen DeGeneres is also making history.
According to TODAY, the voice of Dory from Finding Dory and everyone’s favorite daytime talk show host won three awards at the Jan. 18 People’s Choice Awards, giving her a record-breaking total of 20 People’s Choice Award wins.
While accepting her history-making award, TODAY says DeGeneres was flanked by “two rows of 10 well-dressed men onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, each holding one of her Waterford crystal People’s Choice Awards.”
“This is amazing,” she said in her acceptance speech, TODAY reports. “Seventeen, I get it. Eighteen, sure. Nineteen, I can see that. But 20 is outrageous.”
Giving DeGeneres her 20 awards were three awards at this week’s PCAs, which TODAY says were for “Favorite Daytime TV Host, Favorite Animated Movie Voice (for ‘Finding Dory’) and Favorite Comedic Collaboration (with Britney Spears).”
As if being the first Southeast Asian actress to star in a major network’s drama series wasn’t enough, Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra claimed yet another title to add to her already-growing list: becoming the first Southeast Asian woman to win a People’s Choice Award.
According to Mic, Chopra expressed her gratitude for the award this way: “It’s my first year in America … and to come to another country, and actually to get this kind of acceptance, I guess [is] what America is all about. Thank you all for accepting me.”
Although Chopra is seen as a trailblazer for women and people of color, the actress sees herself a bit differently. When an interview with the Los Angeles Times in October if she sees herself as “‘breaking some boundary,'” Chopra said, “I believe we’ve created borders with too many colors … Entertainment is entertainment, cast the right person for the job. Let’s get beyond looking at each other for where we come from.”
Explaining the importance Chopra’s People’s Choice Award win, Julie Zeilinger of Mic says that her victory is especially meaningful given the dominance of the film and television industry by white males:
“Hollywood studio senior management is 92% white and 83% male, according to a 2015 Women’s Media Center report. On screen, women still only accounted for 12% of protagonists and 30% of speaking parts in 2014, according to the same report, and actresses of color fared even worse: White people fill lead roles more than twice as often as people of color, and 17% of films failed to include speaking black characters at all.”
While Chopra may think otherwise, her win solidifies her a dominant female figure in the television industry, and hopefully signifies a shift toward more diversity in Hollywood.
Congratulations, Priyanka Chopra!
The People’s Choice Awards recognize America’s favorite celebrities, musicians, TV shows and films of the year, as chosen by the public. And while the fans may have chosen the winners, they certainly didn’t chose the winning red carpet fashions we saw on the red carpet of the Jan. 6 awards show.
Walking the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles was actress Kate Hudson, who took a minimalistic approach to her red carpet look. Wearing a white jumpsuit, Hudson paired her look with a white clutch and silver drop earrings.
Alison Brie brought some subtle color to the red carpet when she wore this pale green dress for the awards. The “Community” and “Mad Men” star paired her faintly-colored frock with silver strappy sandals and some diamond bracelets.
Meghan Trainor opted for a sparkly black number to attend the PCAs, wearing a mini dress accented with gold sequins. The “All About That Bass” singer completed her look with a gold clutch and matching gold pumps.
Contrasting Trainor’s black ensemble was Camilla Luddington, who wore a white mini dress with silver beading at the shoulder. The “Grey’s Anatomy” actress polished off her look with simple silver sandals and a black clutch.
Although these ladies are dressed to impress on the PCAs red carpet, there are elements of their looks that we can apply to the way we dress every day:
- Fit is key – This may seem like a given, but if the garment doesn’t fit, it will ruin your entire look. Notice that each outfit fits properly, whether it’s a dress or a jumpsuit. For instance, Hudson’s jumpsuit fits in the bust while the legs of the pants fall straight from her hip to the floor, and the hem of the pants stop right at the tips of her shoes. Brie’s cutouts end right at her natural waist, accentuating her waist and creating shape in the sheath-style skirt. Trainor’s dress also creates shape with its wide waistband, but the slightly exaggerated shoulder creates breadth at the shoulder while the lines of sequins in the skirt pull away from her waist and create curves at her hips. Finally, the seams at the shoulder of Luddington’s dress fit right at the top of the shoulder as they should, which is important because the beading serves to emphasize her shoulders while narrowing her waist and balancing out her hips. When shopping for yourself, look for small like these to ensure that the garment you are about to purchase fits you like a glove. If it doesn’t, don’t worry — you can always have a garment tailored so it does work for your body shape. Remember: if something doesn’t fit, don’t assume that you are the problem; make the clothes fit you, and don’t assume that you have to fit the clothes.
- Use details to your advantage – Brie’s dress and Luddington’s dress are perfect examples of how to use the small details of your outfit to work for your body type. Brie used cutouts to draw attention to her small waist, which in turn, creates curves on her body. The beading at the shoulder of Luddington’s dress broadens her shoulders, while simultaneously narrowing her waist and balancing out her hips. Looking for details like these in clothing allow you to play up your best features while downplaying anything you might be wary about. Features like these don’t have to be so blatantly obvious, either; a simple seam at the waist can achieve the same goal as Brie’s cutouts, while a slight pintucking detail at the shoulder of the sleeve on a blouse or dress can add some width to your shoulders in the same way Luddington’s beading does. Just remember: it’s all in the details.