Actors and actresses have been asked to wear black to the BAFTAs this month in support of the Time’s Up initiative.
The dress code follows the Golden Globes at which guests adhered to an all-black dress code as a protest to sexual harassment. A letter circulated among attendees requesting that they take part has already received much support from the industry. Men are expected to wear a special pin and/or button hole.
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“More than half of all women and nearly two-thirds of women [in the UK] aged 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment at work,” read the letter, according to the BBC.
“We hope that those of us privileged enough to have a platform can use it to raise awareness of the experiences of women beyond our industry, whose experiences are often silenced and marginalised.”
Expected guests at the ceremony on 18 February include Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, Daisy Ridley and Emilia Clarke. Joanna Lumley has replaced Stephen Fry as host – the first time in over a decade that a woman has been chosen for the role.
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Awards season has been dominated by actresses using the red carpet to make a stand against sexual harassment and abuse, after numerous high-profile industry figures were accused of sexual misconduct. While at the Globes, stars wore all black, at the Grammys guests showed solidarity by pinning a white rose to their look.
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This post originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.