27/02/2017 04:16 SAST | Updated 27/02/2017 10:57 SAST

Director Ava DuVernay's Oscars Dress Sends A Powerful Political Message

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Director Ava DuVernay attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Ava DuVernay used her platform at the Oscars ― and her gorgeous dress ― to make a powerful statement against Donald Trump at the awards show on Sunday. 

The Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter explained via Twitter why her look for the Academy Awards was “a small sign of solidarity.” 

“I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” DuVernary tweeted from her account. “Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon.” 

Designer Mohammed Ashi, who is from Saudi Arabia, launched Ashi Studio in Beirut, Lebanon in 2007, according to the brand’s website. 

DuVernay’s sign of solidarity seemed to reference Trump’s travel ban, a controversial executive order that primarily targeted Muslim-majority countries. 

Many people on Twitter thanked the director for taking a stand: 

Before heading to the Oscars, DuVernay also made sure to recognize and remember Trayvon Martin five years after his death. 

“On my way to aking a moment to remember ,” she wrote. “Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong. .”

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