Joy Villa

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Joy Villa
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Joy Villa at the "Spirit of America" rally
Joy Angela Villa

(1986-04-25) April 25, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationArtist, Song writer
Years active2001–present
Political partyRepublican
Thorsten Overgaard
(m. 2016; Divorced 2019)

Joy Angela Villa (/ˈvlə/; born April 25, 1986)[1] is an American singer-songwriter.

Early life[edit]

Villa was born in Orange, California. Her father Rev. Joseph Villa was of Italian-Argentine descent, while her mother Mildred Angela Pierce Villa was African American and Choctaw Native American ancestry. Her maternal great-uncle was jazz vocalist Kenny Hagood.[2] She attended high school at Lompoc High School,[3]and graduated in 2004.[4][5]

Entertainment career[edit]

Villa has worked as an actress and producer. From age 14 to 16, she was with Youth Network TV on Comcast Television. With the exception of Hobgoblins 2,[6] her acting career mostly consists of minor, uncredited appearances on television. These roles include an umbrella-wielding carny in the Heroes Season 4 episode "Orientation", and other appearances on CSI: NY, The Valley Girls and MTV Next.[2][7]

Grammy Award outfits[edit]

Villa is known for her attention-grabbing outfits which she has worn to the Grammy Awards. These include:

  • For the 2015 Grammy Awards, she wore a see-through dress made entirely out of orange construction-fencing material, designed by Andre Soriano.[8] The dress was called "unusual"[9] and "a first."[10]
  • For the 2016 Grammy Awards, she wore a similarly see-through dress consisting mostly of fabric spikes. The Huffington Post named it as one of its "Most Outrageous Looks From The 2016 Grammys."[11]
  • At the 2017 Grammy Awards, Villa wore a blue dress, again designed by Andre Soriano, promoting President Donald Trump, featuring his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" and the name "Trump".[12][13] The publicity from the dress resulted in Villa's EP I Make the Static hitting number 1 among digital downloads on, and iTunes in the US.[14] It climbed up the top 100 of several other countries' iTunes charts too, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil. The album sold over 15,000 copies in the following two days,[15] and debuted on the Billboard charts the next week at number 12 with 29,000 album equivalent units, 27,000 of which were pure album sales. The EP also ranked number 2 on the Digital Albums chart and number 6 on the Top Album Sales chart,[16] as well as being the top-selling rock/alternative album of the week.
  • At the 2018 Grammy Awards, Villa wore a white dress with a hand-painted fetus inside of a rainbow uterus on it along with a purse bearing the slogan, "Choose Life."[17]
  • At the 2019 Grammy Awards, Villa wore a reflective silver dress with a black outline of bricks all around except for an area with "Build the Wall" spelled out in red in a large section on the backside of the garment, borrowing the font of Pink Floyd's The Wall.[18] She also wore a metallic collar signifying a barbed wire fence a spiked crown referencing the Statue of Liberty, and sported a red "Make America Great Again" handbag.[19][20]
  • At the 2020 Grammy Awards, she wore a red, white and blue pro-Trump dress that said "impeached and re-elected" on the back.

Political views and career[edit]

Villa is a supporter of Donald Trump, having joined Donald Trump's Campaign Advisory Board.[21] Villa had stated that she supported Senator Bernie Sanders early in the 2016 United States presidential election but soon switched to supporting Trump in the general election.

On October 26, 2017 Villa stated via Twitter that she is against abortion, supportive of the Second Amendment, in favor of tax reform, in favor of "religious freedom" allowing refusal to perform gay marriage, against human trafficking, and against illegal immigration.[22]

On October 27, 2017, Villa announced on Fox & Friends that she is considering running for United States Congress as a Republican. Villa stated that she is considering Florida, California, or New York as states to represent.[23] Appearing again on Fox & Friends on December 13, 2017, Villa clarified that she intends to run for Congress in the state of Florida.[24]

On May 5, 2018, Villa joined the UK March for Life in London. She led the march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.[25]

On July 14, 2018, a message from Villa was played to attendees of the pro-Trump/free Tommy Robinson rally where she expressed support for Robinson, a hard Brexit, Britons "taking their country back" and accused Theresa May of failing democracy, stifling free speech, and stealing Britons' birthright. She compared the Brexit process to the American Revolution. She borrowed Boris Johnson's "the dream is dying" line to accuse the current "fake Conservative government" of killing the dream of the UK. She disputed the justification for UK contempt of court laws under which Robinson was convicted, questioning whether live streaming people entering the courtroom could jeopardise their right to a fair trial.

Personal life[edit]

Villa grew up in New York City and has lived in Hollywood, Seattle, and Santa Barbara, and currently resides in Los Angeles.[3] She credits her practice of Scientology for improving her life and career.[26] In December 2016 she married Danish writer and photographer Thorsten Overgaard.[27] On September 25, 2019, she announced via social media she and Overgaard had filed for divorce.[28]

On November 28, 2017, Villa filed a police complaint against Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski for allegedly slapping her buttocks at a holiday party at the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. Villa admitted she waited a month before talking to police.[29][30] Villa alleged that after she told him that she could report him for sexual harassment, Lewandowski said, "I work in the private sector" and slapped her again.[31] Lewandowski responded to the allegations by saying that "There is a due process and there is a process which they will go through to determine a person’s innocence."[32]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
US Rock
US Alternative
I Make the Static
  • Release date: July 11, 2014
  • Format: digital download
12 1 1
  • US: 29,000
Home Sweet Home
  • Release date: January 25, 2018
  • Format: digital download


  • "Cold Wind" (2011)
  • "Drop Him Off" (2012)
  • "Vagabonds" (2014)
  • "Run and Hide" (2014)
  • "Beautiful" (2014)
  • "Get Your Freedom" (2014)
  • "Play" (2015)
  • "Empty" (2016)
  • "Make America Great Again!" (2017)
  • "Devil in the City" (2018)
  • "Lost" (2018)
  • "The Star Spangled Banner" (2018)
  • "Home Sweet Home" (2018)
  • "Freedom (Fight For It)" (2019)


  1. ^ "Article• Feb 26, 2019". 2paragraphs.[better source needed]
  2. ^ a b Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa". Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa: About Me". Retrieved February 17, 2016.
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  6. ^ Alex Rees (9 February 2015). "Someone Wore That Orange Mesh Plastic Fencing to the Grammys". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 13 February 2017. Villa is, if you were not familiar with her before now, an indie/pop rock recording artist; she is also an actress and assistant director whose IMDB filmography includes 2009's Hobgoblins 2.
  7. ^ Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa Acting". Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Hannah Lott-Schwartz (Feb 10, 2015). "THAT Grammy Dress Was Designed by a Local". NBC San Diego. Retrieved 13 February 2017. the orange gown made of recycled snow- or construction-fencing material
  9. ^ Elahe Izadi. "Joy Villa wears a 'Make America Great Again' dress to Grammys". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 February 2017. Villa has a bit of history with unusual red carpet looks: She basically wore orange plastic fencing in 2015
  10. ^ Chloe Tejada (9 February 2015). "Joy Villa's Grammys 2015 Dress Is A First For The Red Carpet". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 February 2017. She’s not a household name yet, but Joy Villa’s 2015 Grammys dress will probably change that. On Sunday, Feb. 8, the aspiring singer wore an outfit that has definitely never been worn before on a red carpet.
  11. ^ Michelle Persad (15 February 2016). "The Most Outrageous Looks From The 2016 Grammys". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 13 February 2017. This year, we saw tons of looks that left us with our jaws on the floor. Singer Jes Brieden got weird in black, Z LaLa made a statement in a headpiece and Joy Villa wore a big bow and ... not much else.
  12. ^ Romaine, Jenna (2017-02-12). "Joy Villa Unveils Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' Dress on the Grammy Red Carpet". Retrieved 2017-02-12.
  13. ^ Makeda Easter (12 February 2017). "'Make America Great Again' Grammy dress is about love, but the Internet's not buying it". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 13 February 2017. Singer-songwriter Joy Villa chose to get political on the red carpet with a red, white and blue, bedazzled "Make America Great Again" dress.
  14. ^ "Sales Skyrocket After Joy Villa Wears Pro-Trump Dress To Grammys". CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA). Retrieved 13 February 2017. the 25-year-old’s EP "I Make The Static" jumped to number one on Amazon’s top digital albums and is still there Monday. She was also climbing the charts on iTunes.
  15. ^ "Joy Villa's Trump Grammy Dress Driving Possible Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  16. ^ a b Hodak, Brittany. "Joy Villa's Pro-Trump Grammy Dress Leads To 26,545 Downloads And Billboard Top 200 Debut". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
  17. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (2018-01-28). "Joy Villa Wears Anti-Abortion Dress on 2018 Grammys Red Carpet". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  18. ^ "Pro-Trump musician Joy Villa wears "Build the Wall" dress on Grammys red carpet". February 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "'I don't care what anyone thinks': Pro-Trump singer flaunts 'Build the Wall' dress at the Grammys". Washington Post.
  20. ^ "Pro-Trump Singer Joy Villa Comes Dressed as a Literal Border Wall for the 2019 Grammys". February 11, 2019.
  21. ^ Wisner, Matthew (2017-10-31). "Bryan Cranston may lose jobs for Trump comments: Joy Villa". Fox Business. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  22. ^ @Joy_Villa (26 October 2017). "I'm pro life, pro constitution, pro 2A, pro tax reform, pro Trump, pro religious freedom, anti human trafficking, anti illegal immigration" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "Congresswoman Joy Villa? Pro-Trump Singer Considering Running For Office". Fox News Insider. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  24. ^ "'We Need Fresh Blood': Pro-Trump Singer Joy Villa Eyes Run for Congress". Fox News Insider. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  25. ^ "Thousands join March for Life in London – pictures & video". Catholic Herald. May 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "The Magic of Scientologist and Singer-Songwriter Joy Villa". Scientology Newsroom. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  27. ^ "Who The Heck Is The Girl Wearing The 'Make America Great Again' Dress?". TooFab. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
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  29. ^ "Singer Joy Villa says she wants justice to be served in sexual assault allegation against Corey Lewandowski". ABC News. December 29, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  30. ^ "Trump supporter Joy Villa says she filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski". Fox News. December 26, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  31. ^ "Singer Joy Villa alleges Corey Lewandowski assaulted her at Trump hotel party". CNN. December 27, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  32. ^ "Corey Lewandowski Responds to Joy Villas Sexual Assault Allegations". Fox Business. December 27, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.

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