Joy Villa's "MAGA" Dress at the Grammys Paid Off

Feb 17, 2017, 00:19
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Singer Joy Villa has been known for pushing the envelope when it comes to Grammy Awards fashion. The dress had Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" down the front while the train of the dress read "Trump".

Sarah Barthel, a performing arts and math teacher at Lompoc High, was among those who said she was caught off guard by the onslaught of attention Villa has received since wearing the dress Sunday. Villa's dress (presumably a one-of-a-kind) quickly spread across social media over the weekend. The five-song project is also in the top spot on iTunes' Top Albums chart. You can either stand for what you believe or fall for what you don't. While some have suggested it was a publicity stunt, she has stressed that her support for Trump is genuine and that she was hoping to start a national conversation.

The 25-year-old, who was not nominated, posted Instagram pictures of herself in her controversial gown, carrying her heart-inspired purse. Her Twitter account also boasts she was "Grammy-considered".

It didn't take long for Sunday's Grammy Awards to get political.

This is not the first time Villa has made a statement on the red carpet.

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Check out her bold Instagram post about the dress here.

Andre Soriano of La Mesa designed the dress to represent "love and togetherness" in addition to making a statement, KSWB reported.

"We have to bring this country back", he said. I'm from the Philippine islands, I am a proud American. She is one of the people on this planet that really promotes love.

Without solid numbers, it's hard to judge how much Villa's own album sales have leaped, but it's clear she succeeded in one thing: making a statement.

"Thank you I hope you enjoy tonight's @grammysawards2017 and keep in mind to forget your problems and focus on your future!" Soriano is a Filipino immigrant who is now a naturalized American citizen and is a member of the LGBT community.