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How Reese Witherspoon transformed the TV BAFTAs red carpet from afar

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How Reese Witherspoon transformed the TV BAFTAs red carpet from afar

Reese Witherspoon may not have walked the BAFTA TV Awards 2018 red carpet herself, but she had a genius plan for those who did…

For a very long time, many have questioned whether or not the red carpet is sexist: in 2014, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom founded the Representation Project and the #AskHerMore campaign, urging journalists to ask women questions beyond, ‘Who are you wearing?’

So it makes sense that, in light of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, we have seen countless stars reclaim the red carpet and use it for good.

At the Golden Globes and BAFTA Film Awards, attendees wore black as a “strong, unifying and simple statement” in support of those who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. 

Similarly, the Grammys saw men and women attached white roses to their outfits as part of a planned protest.

And now television stars have made a point of, once again, using fashion to keep this powerful message alive at the BAFTA TV Awards. With a little help from Reese Witherspoon, of course.

See if you can guess how…

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Claire Foy attends the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Claire Foy, who had been nominated for her stellar performance in The Crown, wore a strapless ivory gown by Rosetta Getty

Amanda Holden was wearing a fuchsia gown by Polish label La Mania

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker showed support for Times Up in this high-neck navy and black ensemble complete with a Les Georgettes clutch

Emma Willis wore a dynamic cut-out gown with a tinsel-like trim

Daisy May Cooper wore an asymmetrical red dress emblazoned with Swindon Town FC’s logo and emblem

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Vanessa Kirby attends the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Vanessa Kirby wore a delicately embellished gown by Dior

Laura Whitmore donned a canary yellow gown by Sophia Kah

Laura Whitmore donned a canary yellow gown by Sophia Kah

Claire Foy, Daisy May Cooper, Emma Willis, Jodie Whittaker, Amanda Holden and Vanessa Kirby were not the only ones supporting the #TimesUp movement at the event.

In fact, they were joined by the likes of Katie Piper, Molly Windsor, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Charlotte Riley, Rob Delaney, George Rainsford, Ella Purnell, Millie Brady, Sandi Toksvig, Tom Davis, Tina O’Brien, Charlie Cooper, Sharon Horgan and countless others.

However, unlike the black-out dress code seen at other awards shows and events (many actresses at Cannes wore black as they staged a protest at this year’s festival), these BAFTA TV Award attendees opted for something a little different.

We’re talking, of course, about the monochrome enamel pin they’ve clipped to their outfits.

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This Time’s Up pin was originally commissioned by Witherspoon – and designed by Arianne Phillips – to draw attention to the new sexual harassment prevention initiative of the same name that launched on 1 January.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the accessory, which was intially rolled out at the Golden Globes, Phillips said: “Reese asked me to come to the actors’ group, and told me they were going to be wearing black and would I consider creating a pin for the nominees and male presenters.

“We were up against the holidays, but I said I could do it, and the first person I called was my partner-in-crime, [Los Angeles jewelry designer] Michael Schmidt.”

Over the course of two weeks, Phillips and Schmidt worked with a few other creative geniuses to create the pin.

“I met so many great women, and it was such an honour to be called to action,” she said.

Images: Getty