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Sandra Oh had ‘Black Lives Are Precious’ written in Korean on her Emmy’s outfit

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Actress Sandra Oh included a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on her Emmy Awards outfit Sunday evening.

The actress told Vogue magazine in an interview accompanying a photoshoot that she enlisted Matthew Kim, a Los Angeles-based Korean-American designer, to design the custom purple bomber jacket with “Black lives are precious” inscribed in Korean.

A matching purple mask, highlighting ongoing efforts to fight coronavirus, was also part of the outfit.

“It’s in a royal purple color — which is a super Korean color and brings a certain mindset for me — and it says ‘Black Lives Are Precious’ in Korean writing, because the literal translation of Black Lives Matter is impossible in Korean. The characters have to be read top to bottom, right to left, and there are dashes, or taegukgi, lifted from the Korean flag, which represent celestial bodies and the natural elements and all of that good stuff. And then on the right there’s a mugunghwa [hibiscus], the national flower of Korea,” the “Killing Eve” star told Vogue.

Oh’s style choice comes as the U.S. has witnessed months of protests over the treatment of Black Americans by police. Demonstrations began in late may after George Floyd was killed during an encounter with police in Minneapolis, and have since continued following the deaths of other Black Americans in recent weeks as well as the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.

Sunday night’s Emmy Awards ceremony was hosted remotely for the first time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with nominees receiving awards in most cases surrounded by family members at home.

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