"I chose to make a statement": Joy Villa wears pro-life dress to the Grammys
29 January 2018
Joy Villa displays an image of the daughter she adopted out to a loving family. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
And there's a beautiful story behind the image.
American singer-songwriter Joy Villa caused a stir at this year's Grammy Awards - by walking the red carpet in a pro-life dress. The artist wore a white wedding dress that she hand-painted with the image of an unborn baby surrounded by a rainbow paired with a purse that read "choose life."
Adoption over abortion
"I'm a pro-life woman. This year I chose to make a statement on the red carpet like I always do," she told Fox News. "I'm all about life." She elaborated on Instagram, saying, "As a strong conservative woman in an environment not friendly towards my views, it’s important we make space for those of us who are #ProLife."
Joy Villa came under fire last year for wearing a "Make America Great Again" dress to last year's music awards, and for her support of President Trump. However, this year, her statement was not just political, but personal - her pro-life views come from her experience of giving up a baby for adoption when she was 21.
Explaining why she made the statement.
She first used the image that adorned her Grammy dress in an Instagram post last November, in which she shared her story.
"For a time in my life I struggled as a young artist turning 21 years old in an abusive, drug addled and toxic relationship where I found myself pregnant," she wrote. 'I knew I couldn't financially or emotionally take care of myself as a broke actress/model/singer in Hollywood and I had limited family who'd be able to help me. I prayed for help.
"I was shown the answer," she continued. "I chose the most difficult choice I've ever faced, to open adopt out my baby to a caring and beautiful family, working with an adoption agency who helped every step of the way.
Love Saves Lives
"I get to see and speak with my child, because it's an open adoption. Trust me, this choice is life-shattering whether you raise your baby or adopt out, but please remember you have more choices then murder,' she wrote. 'You can choose life. Life for baby, for you, for the adoptive parents.
"I'm not here to judge you. I'm here to tell you I survived it, and so will you. You can be a hero and victor instead of a victim. Life is a wonderful blessing and gift! Now I have a wonderful husband and gorgeous bonus kids, including my 14 year old stepdaughter I've helped raise since she was 8!"
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