This year’s Grammy awards was all about making a statement through clothes and performances, and the youngest of all the attendees did just that.
5-year-old Blue Ivy Carter rocked a bright pink pantsuit by design house Gucci. Switching it up from a classic princess moment, she not only channeled late music icon, Prince, she also had a very subtle detail in her look that was a political statement all its own.
On the back of Blue’s tux jacket was a black panther, representing a powerful African-American revolutionary party, founded in 1966, with the original intent to protect African-American neighborhoods from police brutality, an issue that rages on even today.
Beyoncé, who has also used the symbol of the black panther movement in the past, recently toured with a black panther on the front of a sparkly pink bodysuit that was also designed by Gucci. It displayed the same graphic as Blue’s Grammy’s look.
Moreover, Bey channeled the movement’s vibes during last year’s Super Bowl Half Time performance, as dancers wore costumes inspired by the Blank Panther parties, down to the berets.
During Beyoncé’s acceptance speech, she talked about the importance of representation for our youth — and specifically, her children, it seems even more poignant than ever that Blue’s outfit had political significance.
“It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can grow up in a world where they look in the mirror, first through their own families – as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys – and see themselves, and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable. This is something I want for every child of every race. And I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
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