According to Pat McGrath – A “Lipstick is a transparent emotional layer that defines your mood, feeling, confidence, and creates character.” For Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho a red lipstick handprint across her mouth was the perfect way to send a strong political statement at the Power premiere.
The star utilized her red carpet appearance to draw attention to the escalating epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Throughout the Indigenous community, the color red and more especially red handprints have come to symbolize the MMIW movement, which tries to draw attention to how Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by violence.
Wearing a floral-print Naeem Khan dress for the event Cravalho expressed her gratitude – telling ET “I’m grateful to wear Naeem Khan as a dress, and I’m also representing No More Stolen sisters, and bringing light to murdered and Indigenous women.”
Homicide is the third most common cause of death among Indigenous women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a National Institute of Justice research, more than four out of every five Indigenous women have also been victims of abuse. The Native Hope cites that most incidents of missing and murdered Native American women involve men. For women who live on reservations, the murder rate is not only 10 times greater than the national average, but also murder is the third highest cause of death among Indian women.
Cravalho portrays Jos Clearly-Lopez a high school student with the ability to transmit electricity through their fingertips in “The Power.”