Oscars 2020: The powerful message behind America Ferrera's red carpet look

By Zach Harper

America Ferrera always looks incredible, and she brought some Old Hollywood glamour to the 2020 Oscars red carpet – and honoured her own history, too.

The star voices Astrid Hofferson, a Viking warrior princess in the How to Train Your Dragon film series. She wanted to ensure she honoured the role, which she's had since 2010 when the first movie in the trilogy was released. But she also wanted to pay tribute to her heritage.

Just before the show, she took to Instagram to share the special, personal meaning behind her Jennifer Behr gold headpiece, which she paired with a custom Alberta Ferretti red gown.

"Tonight, I bring my own warrior ancestors with me, the indigenous Lenca tribe of Honduras," she wrote before the show, and shared some photos of Lenca people wearing their own headbands.

The Lenca are the largest Indigenous group in the Honduras, and their language is now nearly extinct. They continue to push for their land rights and have worked hard to maintain their culture.

Late last year, America announced she and husband Ryan Piers Williams were expecting their second child. She showed off her growing baby bump as she walked the red carpet, proudly holding it as she posed for the cameras.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars this year.

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