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Pose star Indya Moore wears earrings with portraits of murdered trans women

Nick Duffy September 8, 2019
Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City.

Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Brian Ach/Getty)

Pose star Indya Moore made a splash at Daily Front Row’s annual Fashion Media Awards, dedicating their outfit to murdered trans women.

Alongside their Oscar de la Renta gown, Moore donned earrings comprised of portraits of the 16 black transgender women who have been murdered in the US so far in 2019.

Speaking at the event, the transgender actor said: “I feel so honoured to share this space with you people. It’s a very expensive venue. It’s populated by very expensive people.

“All of our lives are so expensive, including mine and people like me… as you all know — or not — I am black and I am trans. Some of you may be uncomfortable with the politics of my speech, and I won’t apologise for that, because my life is politics.”

US actress Indya Moore attends The Daily Front Row 7th annual Fashion Media Awards at Rainbow Room on September 05, 2019 in New York.
US actress Indya Moore attends The Daily Front Row 7th annual Fashion Media Awards at Rainbow Room on September 05, 2019 in New York. (Angela Weiss / AFP/Getty)

“I accept this award in honour of the truth that the best award, and the award we all deserve, is to be able to get home safe. I accept this award in good faith that my recognition doesn’t lead to the erasure of other trans and gender non-conforming folks who also deserve healthcare, housing, safety, and visibility.”

Moore continued: “Trans people deserve safety, acknowledgement, and respect. Not just when we’re on the cover of magazines, but when we are in the streets, when we are poor, when we are sex workers. When our hair ‘aint laid. When we can’t afford Louis Vuitton.

“Or when we can’t get access to a hormone shot. And especially when we are dying.”

Indya Moore earrings are a statement of ‘love and representation’

The earrings were designed by Areeayl Yoseefaw, who explained on Instagram that the concept was originally created to honour their late grandmother.

The designer said: “Not knowing what to do in the darkest times of my life, I held on to love. I was inspired by love and representation of it.”

Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row's 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City.
Indya Moore speaks on stage at The Daily Front Row’s 7th annual Fashion Media Awards on September 05, 2019 in New York City. (Brian Ach/Getty)

The designer added: “[Stylist Ian Bradley] contacted me with a mission for the earrings… they wanted to pay tribute to and also build awareness for the 16 trans women who were murdered this year in the USA.

“@indyamoore’s jewelry served as an altar and their speech was both a prayer for the future and a call to action. In their hour of celebration they put their trans sisters in the forefront.”

Sadly, just days before the event a 17th transgender woman was killed, Baltimore teen Bailey Reeves.

Moore carried a photo frame of her face to the event.

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