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Kerry Washington Wears Meaningful Safety Pin on Her SAG Awards Gown: 'Actors Are Activists'

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Since the presidential election, tons of stars like LeBron James, Olivia Wilde and more have worn safety pins to pledge allegiance to groups of people who feel marginalized by the new White House policies. And at tonight’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Kerry Washington joined the movement. Announcing that “actors are activists” at the start of the show, Washington showed off a safety pin on the left arm of her off-the-shoulder, long bell-sleeved Cavalli Couture white gown.

“I’ll be wearing one of these tonight. On my arm. To show solidarity. We will not stop fighting for our safety & the safety of our fellow citizens and human beings,” the actress captioned her Instagram post.

The Scandal star (who turns 40 this Tuesday!) might have rocked long, straight locks tonight, but she showed off her sleek new bob and red highlights last night at the Producers Guild of America Awards. And yes, it’s actually a real cut this time. “I cut her hair with a razor first and then finished off the cut with my scissors to give it that blunt look,” her stylist Takisha Sturdivant-Drew told PeopleStyle. “It’s a great way to start celebrating her birthday!”

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But tonight, the actress opted for clip-in extensions and wore a pin-straight, shoulder-length style that’s a “different” look for her, according to her longtime hairstylist. “Her dress inspired me to style her hair smooth, sleek, and long with a middle part,” Sturdivant-Drew said. To create Washington’s look, the stylist shampooed the star’s hair with Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo and followed it with the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask.

The stylist said Washington originally introduced her to the product, and the two have been hooked on using it before every one of her red carpet events since. “It revives the hair and gives it great shine without weighing it down,” Sturdivant-Drew told PeopleStyle. She then blew out her hair with one of our favorites — the ($400!) Dyson hair dryer.

“Kerry is all about the health of her hair – this dryer keeps the temperature under control so it won’t damage the hair,” Sturdivant-Drew said. “I blew it out in half the time with a medium size brush to smooth her stands out nicely. The hair was simplistic yet effortless.”

–Reporting by Jackie Fields

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