Manning, who plays Pennsatucky on the Netflix show, joined her nominated cast-mates at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last Sunday. She looked beautiful in a black Adrianna Papell gown. Apparently it cost $200 and was available for anyone at department stores. That was news to Manning, and she was frustrated to be put in that position instead of being put in a more glamorous gown.
That's paraphrasing Manning's initial comments to TMZ, when they approached her at the airport. She seemed embarrassed about the dress getting attention for being only $200 -- mostly, it seems, because she was the last to know about the price angle:
"It's wack that my stylist didn't tell me that," Manning told TMZ. "Now everyone else can afford it, that's what's cool about it, but it still sucks for me. I want to be in like a superstar gown ... So the designer got a lot of press. She should pay me a lot of money."
Those remarks were off-the-cuff with TMZ cameras in her face, and she later took to Instagram to apologize -- but also explain why she was genuinely frustrated with the situation:
Hey guys:) I first want to say I'm sorry for the comments I made while being bombarded by paparazzi about my stylist and my dress. Let's be clear, I loved my @adriannapapell dress and I'm friends with my stylist @chaunielle_brown I felt so beautiful and I was proud to be there to support my amazing cast of strong women and celebrate our nomination. But styling should be a collaboration between the artist, stylist and the designer. I was completely caught off guard when all of the press about my dress was about the cost, which I knew nothing about, and I felt used for someone else's gain. There was nothing out there about why I was there in the first place. I would have loved to embrace that my dress was affordable at SAG, especially since so much about fashion is unattainable, but I wasn't given that chance. Every artist dreams of wearing couture on a red carpet if given the opportunity. But I am happy to be the proof that there is more to feeling confident, beautiful and happy on the inside than just a price tag #love ⚡️🤑🌟
Listen, for many of us, $200 isn't even cheap. Cheap is the back rack of Goodwill -- which has some good sh*t, if you hit it at the right time. The point being, price does not equal quality or worth. She looked great. The dress was beautiful. Who cares if it wasn't one-of-a-kind and The Rest Of Us might actually be able to wear it ourselves someday?
But she did have a fair point about her stylist not telling her. If her stylist had told her it was a department store dress -- instead of leaving her feeling blindsided -- that could've been something Manning worked into conversations on the red carpet.
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