On Saturday, March for Our Lives rallies took place across major American cities, including Washington, DC where 850,000 people showed up to protest the country’s current gun laws.
Unfortunately, Millie Bobby Brown wasn’t able to attend one of the protests in person. She was busy prepping for her appearance at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards later that day, but the 14-year-old made her stance on the issue known the second she arrived on the red carpet.
Millie’s denim-on-denim ensemble, a custom creation by Calvin Klein, was perfectly appropriate for the laid-back teen awards show, but her button-up collared shirt came with a serious message. On the front, in white all caps lettering, were the words ‘NEVER AGAIN’ embroidered over the pocket, which has become a key message in the anti-gun movement following the mass shooting on February 14 at a high school in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.
On the back of the actress’ shirt were the names of each person who lost their life that day, as well as the words ‘March for Our Lives’.
But the teen’s message didn’t stop there. The Stranger Things star took home the award for Favorite TV Actress and had a powerful acceptance speech prepared.
“I’m privileged to have a voice that can be heard, one that I can use to hopefully make a positive difference and help influence change,” she said. “For the angels among us, your spirit lives on. This is for you.”
You can watch the speech in its entirety here:
After her win, Calvin Klein took to their Instagram, praising the actress for using her star power to move the message forward. “On this history making day, @milliebobbybrown declares her support for @marchforourlives at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles. CALVIN KLEIN applauds her, #MarchForOurLives and all those who support its mission in shaping a better future.”
And Millie was feeling the love and support, too:
Thank you to all the fans who voted for me and for Stranger Things at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards today. A big 🙏🏻 also to my friends at Calvin Klein for being such a champion of important causes and efforts to create positivity in this world. #marchforourlives #neveragain pic.twitter.com/rPh3jCvz3i
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) March 25, 2018
Fashion has forever been used as a vehicle to move a message forward, and Millie’s Calvin Klein look joins the ranks of other political statement-making style from decades past. Thank you, Millie.