How Lena Waithe uses fashion to reflect her beliefs. Lena Waithe has revealed that she feels a duty to wear something that ‘reflects’ her beliefs on the red carpet.
The screenwriter, producer and actress works closely with designers who use fashion as a ‘weapon’ and she spoke about the rainbow cape she wore to last year’s Met Gala.
“On the red carpet, there’s so much press and so many eyeballs on you that I feel like it’s my duty to wear something that reflects my beliefs.
“It’s a reflection of the designers’ beliefs too: for last year’s Met Gala, I wore a Carolina Herrera rainbow cape by Wes Gordon and this year I wore Pyer Moss. Those designers know how to use fashion as a weapon.”
And Lena loves that style can be a ‘fashion and political’ statement.
“I love that people are looking at what I wear, not just for the fashion statement but for the political statement as well.
“I want to keep that up but also keep it organic, because if you try too hard it can fall flat. So, when it’s a wonderful collaboration – like this one with Mercedes-Benz and Christopher Raeburn, which makes a statement about sustainability – I’m excited to do it.”
The ‘Master of None’ star spoke to British Vogue about upcycling, saying: “It felt like the right choice because there are so many people who aren’t financially able to buy more and more,” she explains. “Instead of always looking to consume, I think we should make more of what we already have. We all want to help the planet, too, and it’s great to do that through fashion.”
How Lena Waithe uses fashion to reflect her beliefs