In 2017, Joy Villa wore a red, white, and blue number to the Grammy Awards. The dress prominently featured the “Make America Great Again” slogan, along with the name “Trump” emblazoned across “the bottom of the dress,” per The Washington Post. This brazen display of stylistic overkill was created by Andre Soriano, who Refinery29 described as a “gay, immigrant designer [who’s] obsessed with Donald Trump.” Soriano told Billboard the dress was “about bringing people together.”
The following year, Villa attended the 2018 Grammys in what Variety called an “anti-abortion dress.” The “gown [was] painted with a rainbow fetus and the words ‘choose life’ [were printed] on her purse.” Villa laboriously explained the look to her Instagram followers: “I believe in loving the child and the mother, and I am proudly #ProLife,” she wrote. “There is so much pain out there, but I choose to spread love and hope.”
The Grapevine observed that Villa’s fashion stylings at the Grammys have always been “transparent grabs for attention” — in some cases, quite literally. In 2015, Villa wore a revealing dress constructed out of “Home Depot fencing.” (Buzzfeed claims a roll will put you back 30 bucks.) According to The Grapevine, Villa wore something equally fleshy in 2016, but she evidently didn’t grab nearly as many headlines until her costumes took on a political bent.