Singer's 'Build The Wall' dress stirs debate

Joy Villa

Joy Villa has made a political statement on this year’s 2019 Grammy red carpet – once again.

The singer opted to wear a “Build The Wall” gown to the annual award show, with a brick-inspired pattern dress, barbed wire on her shoulders, spikes in her hair and, of course, a MAGA handbag.

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The gown was created by Desi Lee Allinger-Nelson of Desi Designs Couture, Villa told The Hollywood Reporter.

“When Trump came in the picture, at first I hated him,” Villa told the outlet. “All my music friends hated him and wanted Bernie. I thought ‘Bernie looks good; he seems like a cool dude.’ To me, the Republicans weren’t cool. And Trump ended up becoming so obnoxious and so in our face.”

But, as the musician went on to research the current U.S. president, she soon became a supporter.

“I was a secret Trumper for months,” she says.

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This isn’t the first time Villa has chosen a political ensemble for the award show. Last year, she wore a white gown painted with a red fetus in a rainbow uterus with an a handbag bearing the phrase “Choose Life.”


In 2017, she made waves on the red carpet for wearing a dress with the phrase “Make America Great” printed down the front and the name “Trump” at the back of her gown.

“I grew up in theater, so I’ve always used costume as a way to express myself,” Villa told THR. “It’s an opportunity to show the world who I am on the red carpet, which to me is the same as a stage. I approach it as a show. I want to ‘wow’ people.”

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