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Singer Joy Villa Wore A 'Make America Great Again' Gown To The Grammys

Left: Joy Villa attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Right: Her outfit prior to the big reveal. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS)
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Joy Villa has never won a Grammy, yet she has made one hell of a fashion statement on the red carpet time and time again. This year, Villa arrived in flowing white robes with blue piping, clutching a red, heart-shaped purse with gold fringe. Once on the carpet, she went from Immaculate Heart of Mary into full-on Red State couture. Her gown, made of colors we've heard do not run, read "Make America Great Again" down the front. It featured a strappy back, sheer panels on her hips, and a train that read "TRUMP" in sparkling silver. The dress was made by designer Andre Soriano, who wrote on Instagram that the dress was "a tribute" to the president. (According to his social media feed, he, too, is a Trump supporter.) Villa, 25, hails from Orange, California but currently lives in New York City. She's a woman of many talents. She acts, she models, she writes, she sings. She is also a vegan who writes about preparing vegan food. Spiritually, she identifies as a Scientologist, who "went clear" about three months ago, which she noted as being "one of the greatest moments" of her life.

It should be noted that dressing up in unusual pieces is Villa's thing, especially when it comes to events surrounding the Grammys. She has previously appeared in gowns that might bring to mind construction zones or post-apocalyptic hellscapes where humans must craft armor out of the exoskeletons of giant, demonic insects to survive.

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Left: Villa at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Right: Villa arrives at the Warner Music Group's celebration for the 58th annual Grammy Awards at Milk Studios on February 15, 2016. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
She described this year's sartorial choice as freedom of expression. At the very least, it seems to be generating album sales, with many new verified purchases on her 2014 release I Make the Static.

Not everyone at the Grammys shared Villa's enthusiasm about the new administration. Busta Rhymes referred to Trump as "President Agent Orange" during A Tribe Called Quest's performance, saying he'd like to thank him for "perpetuating all the evil that you've been perpetuating throughout the United States" and for his "unsuccessful attempt at the Muslim ban."

A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes call Trump "President Agent Orange"

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 13, 2017
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Trump has yet to comment. He has a very busy day, tweeting that he is today meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "and a group of leading business women to discuss women in the workforce."