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By Abby Del Vecchio
If there is one thing to expect on the red carpet of any award show, it is the infamous question from reporter to celebrity: “Who are you wearing?”
The late comedian Joan Rivers, was the first to ask actresses this question on the 1995 red carpet for the Academy Awards with her daughter, Melissa.
Fast-forward to 2015, and actresses have had enough with only being asked about their dress, nails and shoes. The Representation Project started the campaign #AskHerMore in 2014, which is meant to inspire reporters on the red carpet to ask women better questions.
Amy Poehler took to her Twitter page, Amy Poehler Smart Girls, to show her support for the campaign before the 2014 Golden Globes, which she hosted with Tina Fey.
— AmyPoehlerSmartGirls (@smrtgrls) January 11, 2015
During the 87th annual Academy Awards, celebrities showed their support for the campaign by tweeting and instagramming questions they would like to be asked on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon, Lena Dunham and Robin Roberts are just a few people getting involved with the campaign.
“You know, this is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses,” Witherspoon said on the Oscars’ red carpet.
Roberts took to Twitter to ask followers what they would like to ask their favorite celebrities on the red carpet.
As a fashion lover, I have to admit I do enjoy the Glam Cam 360 and the Mani Cam, but there are more important things to be asked of these women. Questions such as, “What did you learn from your character?” or “What, if anything, did you have to overcome to portray this character?”
I think that these are harmless inquiries made by entertainment reporters simply to keep red carpet ratings up and to keep the audience intrigued. I do not think the lack of questions are sexist because men are asked who they are wearing as well. However, the fashion questions are, in fact, centered around women, and they do take away from any other important questions that could be asked.
— Miss Representation (@RepresentPledge) February 23, 2015
I think red carpet reporters should ask everyone better questions, as well as the question “Who are you wearing?” Fashion is an exciting part of the award show season, but that should not take away from what these women have accomplished.