HFPA President Meher Tatna Explains Why She Didn't Wear Black to the Golden Globes (Exclusive)

Tatna wore a radiant red dress instead of a black ensemble like many others who attended the ceremony.

While the 75th Golden Globe Awards red carpet was a massive sea of black ensembles, there were a few vivid splashes of color.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna opted to not don the dark color, in favor of a red Anamika Khanna dress, but for a good reason.

"My mom and I planned this together a couple of months ago, it is a cultural thing," Tatna, a Mumbai-born journalist, explained to ET's Kevin Frazier while on the red carpet. "When you have a celebration, you don't wear black. So she would be appalled if I were to [have] worn black. And so this is, for my mom."

"She is watching in Mumbai," she added. "Well, maybe not the live show, but she will watch. I love you, Mom."

Tatna did proudly represent the Time's Up movement by wearing the initiative's black pin.

"I do have my Time's Up button, so [I'm] standing in solidarity with all these other women," she expressed. "The HFPA is 60 percent women, we'll have our stories. We are also journalists, so anybody who expresses themselves, especially on this topic, we are in solidarity with."


Meanwhile, Tatna also explained how the HFPA prepared for the Time's Up all-black protest.

"You have to be nimble," Tatna began. "The thing is that we've been doing this so long, it is a machine. So everybody knows what they are doing. If you have something to deal with, you deal with it and you move on. You know, [it's like] a hundred weddings all in one day, it's like that."

As far as how Hollywood is being affected and being changed, she believes it's headed in the right place.

"I think that it's a change that has come, and maybe it will make a more profound change in the way that our industry does business," Tatna stated. "I have my own experiences. What woman doesn't? Not in the entertainment industry, but when I was a waitress. We were all pinched, groped and pulled, and you just had to kind of deal with it and move on. And now I'm glad that people have found their voices and they speak for me as well."

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