Joy Villa

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Joy Villa
Born Joy Angela Villa
(1986-04-25) April 25, 1986 (age 32)
Orange, California, U.S.
Other names Joy Villa
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Thorsten Overgaard (m. 2016)
Website princessjoyvilla.com

Joy Angela Villa (/ˈvlə/; born April 25, 1986),[1] known by her stage name Princess Joy Villa, is an American singer and songwriter.[2]

Early life[edit]

Villa was born in Orange, California. Her father Rev. Joseph Villa was of 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.[3] She attended high school at Lompoc High School.[4]

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,[5] 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.[3][6]

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.[7] The dress was called "unusual"[8] and "a first."[9]
  • 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."[10]
  • 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".[11][12] The publicity from the dress resulted in Villa's EP I Make the Static hitting number 1 among digital downloads on Amazon.com, and iTunes in the US.[13] 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,[14] 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,[15] 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."[16]

In January 2018, Anne Branigin wrote in The Grapevine that Villa's main claim to fame was "...trolling red carpets" with her unsubtle costuming choices. Branigin noted that Villa's political messaging was selective and solely focused on exposure, and linked with her inconsistency around women's rights and choices.[17]

Political views and career[edit]

Villa is a supporter of Donald Trump, having joined President Trump’s Campaign Advisory Board.[18] Villa had stated that she supported Senator Bernie Sanders early in the 2016 United States Presidential Election but voted for President Donald 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, against human trafficking, and against illegal immigration.[19]

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.[20] Appearing again on Fox & Friends on December 13, 2017, Villa clarified that she intends to run for Congress in the state of Florida.[21]

On May 5, 2018, Villa joined the UK March for Life in London. She led the march from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square.[22]

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 Britain. 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 has lived in Hollywood, Seattle, and Las Vegas, and currently resides in New York City.[4] She credits her practice of Scientology for improving her life and career.[23] In December 2016 she married Danish writer and photographer Thorsten Overgaard.[24]

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.[25][26] 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.[27] 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."[28]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
Sales
US
[15]
US Rock
US Alternative
I Make the Static
  • Release date: July 11, 2014
  • Format: digital download
12 1 1
  • US: 29,000

Singles[edit]

  • "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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Instagram post by Joy Villa🇺🇸 • Jan 4, 2018 at 4:05pm UTC". Instagram. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/user/missjoyvilla https://joyvilla.com/ https://www.facebook.com/joyviIIa/ https://mobile.twitter.com/joy_villa https://plus.google.com/110905788165416659567
  3. ^ a b Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa". Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa: About Me". Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Villa, Joy. "Princess Joy Villa Acting". Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ 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 
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Romaine, Jenna (2017-02-12). "Joy Villa Unveils Donald Trump 'Make America Great Again' Dress on the Grammy Red Carpet". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "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. 
  14. ^ "Joy Villa's Trump Grammy Dress Driving Possible Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-16. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Chuba, Kirsten (2018-01-28). "Joy Villa Wears Anti-Abortion Dress on 2018 Grammys Red Carpet". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  17. ^ Branigin, Anne (29 January 2018). "Please Stop Inviting Joy Villa to Things". The Grapevine. Retrieved 2018-06-14. 
  18. ^ Wisner, Matthew (2017-10-31). "Bryan Cranston may lose jobs for Trump comments: Joy Villa". Fox Business. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  19. ^ @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. 
  20. ^ "Congresswoman Joy Villa? Pro-Trump Singer Considering Running For Office". Fox News Insider. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  21. ^ "'We Need Fresh Blood': Pro-Trump Singer Joy Villa Eyes Run for Congress". Fox News Insider. 13 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  22. ^ "Thousands join March for Life in London". 
  23. ^ "The Magic of Scientologist and Singer-Songwriter Joy Villa". Scientology Newsroom. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Who The Heck Is The Girl Wearing The 'Make America Great Again' Dress?". TooFab. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  25. ^ "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. 
  26. ^ "Trump supporter Joy Villa says she filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski". Fox News. December 26, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Singer Joy Villa alleges Corey Lewandowski assaulted her at Trump hotel party". CNN. December 27, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  28. ^ "Corey Lewandowski Responds to Joy Villas Sexual Assault Allegations". Fox Business. December 27, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 

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