Who Hustled Best?

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"'Who Wore it Best?' is incredibly popular because we, as consumers, are not completely satisfied with our scrutiny of women’s appearances in TV and film.  We also find it enjoyable to pit women against each other in fashion Hunger Games." – Mindy Kaling in her new book, “Why Not Me?”

While everyone is concerned about, "Who Wore It Best?" and "Who Showed Up with Who?" to the red carpet, we are all about all the Lady Hustlers that were recognized for their hard work. Don't get us wrong, every single human that participated in the Emmys looked stunning. However, we believe it takes more than just fancy gowns and three inch eye lashes to make a woman truly beautiful.

Yes, no one can throw side eye and eat popcorn like queen Sofia Vergara. I mean, look at that effortless chewing.

DUH! We absolutely think Lady Gaga looked beyond STUNNING on the red carpet.

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Steve Granitz/WireImage

But our favorite Emmy moment was watching women react so passionately and supportively to other women's success.

If you have visited the internet today, you're sure to have come across Viola Davis's Emmy acceptance speech. If you haven't, take a moment to watch it below:

SO MANY FEELS. What Viola said in her acceptance speech is so incredibly important. We could watch this a thousand times and still feel as inspired, moved, and proud. What makes us most proud watching this speech is seeing the reaction of fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson and  fellow actress Kerry Washington. These women understand that the Emmy Viola won was not just a win for her, but a win for all of us. Black women especially. I mean come on, FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO WIN AN EMMY FOR LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA!

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We were also tremendously disappointed that there were some people who did not understand that at all. Instead of celebrating Viola's success, there were some who found it necessary to comment on her choice to highlight racial issues in her acceptance speech.

Here's the thing: some of us here at Lady Hustle are white. We don’t necessarily look anything like Viola. We didn't grow up searching for characters on TV who looked like us who were also smart, successful, and capable. Even though many white women were still objectified and sexualized, there was always at least SOMEONE in the main stream media who we could look to as a positive role model. Viola's speech finally brought attention to a real issue today; black women can't be portrayed positively in mainstream media if nobody writes roles for them, or casts them, or even thinks about them at all.

Some of us are white. We don't have to worry about this everyday of our lives because the color of our skin gives us the enormous privelege of blending into the majority if we want to. But the truth is, we don't know if our children will have the same privilege, and we want to live in a world where they will be able to have positive role models that they can relate to regardless of what color their skin is.

Uzo Aduba also moved us when she shared the importance of support and family by thanking almost everyone involved in helping her do what she does.

All of this to say that we are so unspeakably honored and proud to live in a time where we can witness women supporting other women. We can witness women of all colors being there for each other. Yes, it's a dream to dress up and walk the red carpet in your best look. But how amazing is it to know every single day, these women get up and put on their hustle? And it's not something that you can take off or buy on 5th Ave in NYC. The hustle is about the process it took to get to that Emmy stage, to sit in that audience. The amount of hard work, support, and dedication it has taken over so many decades to make moments above possible.

We are so proud to see women like Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Amy Schumer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alisson Janney, Regina King, Frances McDormand, Jane Lynch, Margo Martindale, Joan Cusack, Jill Soloway, Jane Anderson, Lisa Cholodenko and others wear their hustle so well in everything that they do. In terms of who wore it best, we feel EVERY SINGLE person in that award show wore their hustle best. We are inspired and excited and gosh, what time to be alive!

So, next time a woman (and especially a woman of color) wins an award, we want everyone on their best "Taraji P. Henson" behavior! Standing ovations all around! Woop the loudest you can! Cry tears of joy! Because a win for one of us, is a win for all of us.

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A collaborative piece by the ladies of Lady Hustle Mag