After this year’s surprising presidential election results, now is the time for women to stand together. And that’s exactly what Amber Heard did, by appearing at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards last week. This was Amber’s first red carpet since her “Johnny Depp divorce” headlines.
Heard’s makeup and outfit was bright and eye grabbing. She wore a soft pink, lace, cut out Alessandra Rich gown, Kimberly McDonald earrings, and sported a bun hairstyle. The Aquaman actress posed on the red carpet with fellow attendees Lena Dunham, Gabourey Sidibe, and Freida Pinto. The Magic Mike star joined the actresses to help welcome Emily Doe, the sexual assault victim of disgraced Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner.
Sidibe, Pinto, and Heard read the unnamed woman’s essay, which was published in Glamour’s December issue. Dunham introduced the women, after breaking down in tears, due to the overwhelming emotion.
“You are powerful, and nobody can take that away from you,” Heard read from Doe’s essay. “I hope you grow up knowing that world will no longer stand for this,” she continued. “Victims are not victims — not some fragile, sorrowful aftermath.”
The actresses concluded their reading, by declaring, in unison, “Victims are survivors, and survivors are going to be doing a hell of a lot more than surviving.”
When the reading was finished, the audience gave the actresses a standing ovation. In addition to Doe, Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards also awarded Gwen Stefani, Ashley Graham, Zendaya, and the Black Lives Matter founders for their contributions to the community.
Heard had been keeping a low profile after her publicized and messy divorce from ex-husband, Depp. The 53-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean actor, leading to their divorce, physically abused the 30-year-old actress.
Heard and Depp settled their divorce after she withdrew her request for a restraining order for domestic violence.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the two said in a joint statement. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm.”
The blonde beauty made $7 million in the divorce settlement from Depp in August. In a statement made to Entertainment Tonight, Heard explained that she donated the money to charity.
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has,” she said.
“The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organizations like the Art of Elysium.”
Willis, J., “Amber Heard Makes Rare Public Appearance at Glamour Awards, Reads Essay from Brock Turner’s Sexual Assault Victim,” Entertainment Tonight web site, Nov. 15; http://www.etonline.com/news/202844_amber_heard_makes_rare_appearance_at_glamour_awards_reads_words_of_brock_turner_sexual_assault_victim/