Here's the secret meaning behind Emma Watson's MTV Awards accessory
Emma Watson is always on the cutting edge of fashion at red carpet events and awards ceremonies, but she also uses her clothing to make a social statement sometimes. That’s exactly what Watson did while at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards, when she wore a subtle pin with a big message. While the actress has showcased her eco-friendly fashion sense throughout the years, the star of Beauty and the Beast made a statement about inclusivity with her tiny accessory during the March 7th awards ceremony.
Rather than go with a princess look at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Watson went edgy with a black asymmetrical dress by KITX. And on her waist, she had a blue ampersand pin. This & symbol accessory is from the LGBTQ acceptance organization GLAAD.
It’s explained on the organization’s website as:
Beyond just wearing a symbol of support, Watson got to speak out about acceptance as well. After host Adam Devine’s Beauty and the Beast-themed opening, Watson accepted the Best Actor in a Movie award — the first time an acting award wasn’t separated by gender. It was presented by Asia Kate Dillon, an actor who identifies as gender non-binary, something that Watson also acknowledged by thanking Dillon for “educating me in such an inclusive, patient, and loving way.”
Another winner at the MTV Movie & TV Awards — Millie Bobby Brown, who won for her role as Eleven on Stranger Things — also wore the GLAAD pin, making this movement an official trend.
With two such inspirational actors wearing the & symbol, we hope that GLAAD’s message of acceptance, tolerance, and unity will spread even more. And if you want your own & gear, you can purchase items off of GLAAD’s website to show you stand in solidarity with groups that are marginalized.