Victoria Rowell Explains Her Obama Gown At The 2009 Emmys

By: Annika Harris / September 22, 2009

If Victoria Rowell had worn her Obama gown to the Emmy Awards last year, it probably wouldn’t have been so shocking because a lot of celebs were showing their support for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign at that time. But she donned a dress with his face all over it at a time when most people are still trying to figure out whether it’s appropriate to still wear their Obama paraphernalia now that he’s president. Victoria said she was trying to make a statement and she certainly did, but I think her reasoning was lost in the shock value. She told Essence.com that health care reform was her motive for wearing the gown …


“[Sunday], the opportunity presented itself. Lights, camera, and no health care action? Setting the ruffles and caviar dreams aside is but a meager gesture to echo the herculean efforts of a health care reform package long overdue and one which President Obama is introducing for all Americans. I spent 18 years in foster care, enduring inadequate health and dental care and unforgivably turned away more than once at a doctor’s office. Nationally, 25,000 foster youth annually emancipate from foster care without health coverage. I emerged from Washington, D.C. Health and Human Services as a proud American citizen—an advocate not a victim.”

Victoria serves as the National Spokesperson for Casey Family Services/Annie E. Casey Foundation and a National Angel in Adoption.

What do you think of her statement dress and the meaning behind it?