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?’
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…
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.
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.