Pro-Trump singer flaunts ‘Build the Wall’ dress at Grammys

By Allyson Chiu |The Washington Post

When American singer-songwriter Joy Villa arrived at the Grammy Awards on Sunday afternoon, she was a vision in silver.

Her floor-length gown was made entirely out of a highly reflective material that mimicked the shine of aluminum foil. A row of metallic spikes adorned the top of her head forming a Lady Liberty-esque crown. Matching chunky jewelry and a collar constructed of what appeared to be barbed wire completed the eye-catching look.

“This is the wall,” Villa, 27, told the Los Angeles Times, gesturing toward the shiny ensemble with her free hand. In the other, she clutched a bright red purse emblazoned with President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

Villa, an outspoken Trump supporter, has become known for using her Grammy looks to make pointed statements. Two years ago, she caused a stir when she donned a striking red, white and blue mermaid gown with Trump’s campaign slogan written in enormous glittery letters down the front. “Trump” was also spelled out in glitter on the dress’s train. In 2018, Villa abandoned the Trump theme in favor of expressing her antiabortion stance, debuting a gown she painted herself that featured a fetus surrounded by colors of the rainbow, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

On this year’s red carpet, Villa made sure there was no confusion about the message behind her attire, which was created by L.A.-based designer Desi Lee Allinger-Nelson of Desi Designs Couture, the Hollywood Reporter wrote. Posing in front of the cameras, Villa tore away the silver gown to reveal a second outfit underneath – a black-and-white dress with a brick design likely inspired by the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1979 album “The Wall.” Three words were scrawled in prominent red lettering on the back of the gown: “Build the Wall.”

“I believe in building the wall to protect our southern border, not to keep people out but to protect the citizens of our country,” Villa told the Times. “I’m part Latina, I’m black and I believe in what the president’s saying. This to me is a representation of that, in a very visual way. … I always make a statement.”

Much like the national conversation surrounding the actual border wall, reactions to Villa’s dress were equally divided. Some praised her as brave and inspirational; others said she was merely seeking attention. Villa, however, wasn’t the only person to show off a pro-Trump outfit on Sunday. Fellow

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