If there's any red carpet where you can (and frankly should) make a fashion statement, it's at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. On Monday night, host Issa Rae came ready to say something through her clothes—literally.
The Insecure star/creator stunned in a glittering one-shouldered Kerby Jean-Raymond for Pyer Moss jumpsuit with a long train. But even with the 180,000 Swarovski crystals shining on it, the real standout was her simple black belt which contained a message that couldn't be missed.
The lyric "Every N— Is a Star," was written on it in cursive white text. Its designer, Jean-Raymond, told People that the idea for the belt was actually his, and it references the title of a song by Boris Gardiner that played during the Pyer Moss fall/winter 2018 runway show. The song was also featured in the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight.
“Comedically, she’s my spirit animal. It’s also very important because [the CFDAs are] in Brooklyn, a mile away from where I grew up,” he said.
The statements didn't stop with her outfits, though. Rae had plenty to say during the ceremony, even taking a moment to reference Kanye West recently describing slavery as "a choice." (In case you forgot, his wife Kim K was at this show, even though Kanye wasn't).
“I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it’s convenient," she said, according to USA Today. "That joke was my choice, just like slavery.”
Rae is the first black person to host the CFDA Awards in its 17-year history.