Like millions of other viewers around the world Sunday night, I too scheduled my day around the Live viewing of the Oscars and the much-anticipated watch of the Oscars Red Carpet. Among my friends, I sat in amazement as the Hollywood actresses of the past and the present graced the Red Carpet and the sea of adoring fans with their glamour and elegance.  With my iPhone glued to my hands and my fingers feverishly live tweeting; as the night progressed on I began to notice a theme that would set a course for the night ahead. With the E! network canceling the mani cam this award season, at first there seemed to be an absence on the Red Carpet amongst the countless interviews and polite comments of telling each woman how beautiful she looked in her gown designed by “so and so”. However, with the much-anticipated Twitter campaign #AskHerMore, launched by Reese Witherspoon, the star studded event seemed to turn in a direction of feminism, empowerment, and motivation that took over social media. The campaign allowed the viewers at home the opportunity to have their questions about policies, civil rights issues, or personal questions asked to the celebrities, proving that the women have more to offer than just showing off their clutch.  According to the New York Times article, Farewell, Mani Cam. On the Red Carpet, Things Turn Serious, written by Alexandra Jacobs there were numerous signs and moments throughout the night where the actresses represented being strong women and wanting to be heard for more than just whom they were wearing, but who they are and what they represent. Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 7.55.28 PM Like Alexandra Jacobs states in her article there were numerous messages voiced throughout the night. I personally noticed right off the bat when Laura Dern did her interview with E!’s Ryan Seacrest and focused her attention on pointing out that her statement ring was decorated with the gem stone to raise awareness for lung cancer. Many other celebrities took their screen time and used it to raise awareness to other issues as well. One of the more subtle messages given on the red carpet last night were the trends in fashion. From numerous women wearing strapless gowns, showing off their shoulders, which are a sign of strength and resilience, to the numerous gowns that displayed attention to detail and handwork and less on the curves of the women. In a world where every young women looks up to these leading ladies walking down the red carpet, it was refreshing to see the women represent more than just their talent and beauty, but their brains and activism as well. From someone who watches all red carpet events and looks forward to the statements that are made, it brought a smile to my face to see these women speaking on important issues and show their strength. Women are already underrepresented and under supported in the entertainment industry, so it was great to see these women truly embody the 21st century that we live in. Not only by using any possible airtime to speak on important issues, like Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech raising awareness on equal pay for women. But also by using social media like Twitter to start a campaign raising awareness on the movement that women are more than just the designer gowns they wear down the carpet. Thanks to technology and social media the world can now connect in more ways and celebrities can reach their fans and vise versa. It is great to see that Twitter Sunday night was used as a voice to encourage women to be appreciated and supported more and not just as a convenient gossip reel of who wore it better. 249DCC6600000578-0-image-a-23_1421041361883

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