We’ve grown accustomed to seeing her in handcuffs in recent weeks as she continues to participate in climate change protests in America’s capital, but Jane Fonda stepped out for a more glamorous affair on Monday evening as she attended an awards ceremony in New York City.
The 81-year-old star looked sensational in sequins as she posed on the red carpet at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards, where she collected an award on behalf of 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Dressed head to toe in black, Jane looked incredible in the sparkling power suit, which shimmered in the light thanks to the tiny sequins that covered its entire surface. Fastening the blazer at her waist, the Hollywood star looked stylish and sophisticated as she donned a pair of matching flared pants and a simple black camisole beneath the jacket.
She completed the look with a dramatic lick of black eyeliner, soft pink lipstick and a pair of black stilettos, wearing her cropped blonde locks in a voluminous bob, with her bangs framing her face perfectly.
The Grace & Frankie actress took to the stage to collect the Swedish student’s award after the teenager was named, alongside other stars including author Margaret Atwood and actress Charlize Theron, as a ‘woman of the year’ for 2019.
“I have not met Greta Thunberg, but Greta Thunberg has changed my life,” Fonda said on stage. “I’d been feeling anxious and depressed, because I knew I wasn’t doing enough in the face of the catastrophe that is looming.
“I drive an electric car. I’m stopping the use of single-use plastic in my home. I eat a lot less meat or fish … These things are wonderful, they’re all very important, and we should all do them. But it’s a good place to start—it’s not a good place to stop. Because individual life choices like these can’t be scaled up in time to get us where we need to be.”
The actress, who is as renowned for her activism as she is for her on-screen roles, recently shared an image of herself with her hands cuffed in cable ties, having been arrested by police during a protest in Washington D.C. Over the past few months, Fonda has been arrested a total of three times and has even spent a night in jail.
Her arrests happened during her ‘Fire Drill Friday’ protests, which Fonda launched after being inspired to act by Thunberg. She holds the peaceful demonstrations outside the Capitol building each week and often invites her A-list friends to take part.
And, according to Yahoo!, she doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon, with the actress admitting she’s happy to “risk a little bit more” for the greater good – and is even happy to spend her upcoming 82nd birthday behind bars. She said: “Friday is December 20. I turn 82 on December 21, so it depends on my lawyer. If I risk going to jail for three months, I’m not going to do it.
“It doesn’t matter about the arrest. What matters is getting the word out to people and engaging in civil disobedience, because this is what’s going to be more and more necessary. Everybody’s gotta get used to this new normal, getting beyond our comfort zone and not acting as business as usual anymore. Risking a little bit more, because there’s so much at stake. “