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Great American Pop Report: Here's how #AskHerMore and 'Who are you wearing?' can co-exist

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Great American Pop Report: Here's how #AskHerMore and 'Who are you wearing?' can co-exist

WATCH | This awards season, should red-carpet reporters ask actresses "Who are you wearing?" or #AskHerMore?

If you ask us, why choose?

We're using the hashtag ... to send suggested questions to reporters, in real-time, whenever they risk devaluing the accomplishments of women.
The Representation Project release (Feb. 28, 2014)

In February of 2014, the nonprofit group The Representation Project launched the #AskHerMore initiative and corresponding hashtag, challenging red-carpet reporters to ask women on a red carpet about topics other than their outfits.

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Reese Witherspoon attends the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2015. (Photo credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.)

The movement went viral a year later at the 2015 Oscars, where Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities made a point to reference the movement throughout the day in person and on social media.

A related Witherspoon Instagram caption stated she'd "love to answer some of these Qs."

Other women have defended red-carpet chats about fashion.

Maureen O'Connor of New York Magazine's blog The Cut called criticism of the "Who are you wearing?" question "deeply misguided," adding, "If ever there were a time and place to obsess about fancy dresses, it is on the red carpet at the Academy Awards." And USA TODAY contributor Greta Bjornson wrote that she's a feminist who doesn't fully support #AskHerMore: "Intelligent and talented women can enjoy fashion, and answering questions about it is neither sexist nor degrading."

So, how can we ensure that red-carpets are both fashion-friendly and feminist?

  • Dedicate one side of the carpet to asking women (and men, please) thoughtful questions about couture.
  • Reserve an entirely different section of carpet to questions about anything and everything else.
  • If celebrities want to answer both kinds of questions, they can visit both sections.

That way, celebrities and designers can continue to show us more.

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