LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — The attention-grabbing “Make America Great Again” dress Joy Villa wore at the Grammys appears to have led to a bump in sales for her music.
Villa’s 2014 album, “I Make the Static,” was leading Amazon’s top paid albums chart over albums from Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.
The use of President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan on the dress she wore Sunday drew a strong reaction from Trump supporters and critics on social media – including some who even called for her death.
Villa explained her decision to wear the dress in an Instagram post, writing “You can either stand for what you believe in or fall for what you don’t.” She added, “agree to disagree.”
Sometimes you just gotta be free to express yourself. 😍✨🎶 thank you to all of my supporters and fellow believers. Life is about living free and loving it. Be your beautiful selves tonight! 😘💋🎶😍💕 dr as by @officialandresoriano makeup by @nicholerayartistry Publicist: @mwprinc #grammys2017 #love #happygrammysday #joyvillagrammys #joyvilla
Villa has a history of eye-popping outfits to the awards. In 2015, she showed up in a dress made entirely of recycled material.
Celebrity fashion designer Andre Soriano, a Filipino immigrant and avid Trump supporter who designed Villa’s dress, called it a “Tribute [to] OUR President Of The United States Of America”.
Soriano told Billboard the dress was intended to unite music fans around the new president rather than divide.
“I heard that somebody wanted to bomb the White House. And then I saw the Women’s March,” he was quoted as saying. “Joy Villa is all about love with her music. I’m like Joy, We have to make a statement on what is right for our country, of what we believe in, for the constitution.”
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