The response to Erin Napier’s first-ever red carpet glimpse at the 56th CMA Awards on November 9, 2022 was overwhelmingly positive, and HGTV fans raved about the designer gown that actress Drew Barrymore helped her source for the show. But there have been enough naysayers on social media slamming her look that another famous friend has stepped in to smack back. That’s how it all turned out…
Erin Napier says she felt “so beautiful and chic” in a designer dress
Erin and her husband Ben, the co-hosts of the HGTV hit show Home Town, announced less than two weeks in advance that they would be presenting at the CMAs in Nashville. So she texted Barrymore, one of her longtime style icons who has become a friend since the Napiers appeared on their show in December 2021. The design house Marchesa was able to get her the structured, floral dress with ruffled sleeves in time for her red carpet debut.
Erin beamed in photos taken before the show and on stage as she and Ben presented the Male Vocalist of the Year award. This moment became even more meaningful for her because her friend Chris Stapleton won it for the sixth time, set the record for the most wins in this category.
in the an Instagram role Erin posted behind-the-scenes photos and videos on Nov. 10 and wrote about how much her friendship with Stapleton and his wife Morgane meant to them.
“Being friends with @chrissapleton and @morganestapleton and their family in 2018 was a godsend as we steered our new careers on the public stage, and they became like family to us: mentors and guides in this strange world, in that we found ourselves It was a great honor to present Chris with the award that made him the highest grossing male singer in CMA history last night.”
Captioning her designer dress, Erin wrote, “I’ve never felt so pretty and chic and out of my norm. It helped me feel like I belonged when I was so nervous.”
Her sister-in-law Lauren Napier commented on the post, “I expect to wear this dress for Thanksgiving, Christmas, pancake day, when you visit me in the hospital after having this baby, all the time really.” You looked beautiful!”
Morgane Stapleton is clapping back at fans’ complaints about Erin Napier’s red carpet look
While thousands of fans took to social media to give raving reviews of Erin’s look, there were also many who complained about her choice of clothes. The main point of contention seemed to be that the Laurel, Mississippi native showed some cleavage with the dress’s low-cut front.
On the Heavy on the HGTV Facebook page, one Home Town fan wrote: “I’m disappointed!! Erin has always been so healthy! I hope they will be careful in their choices!”
Another commented: “The dress for Erin was beautiful but I was shocked that she wore something so low-cut. Mainly because of their faith, but on the other hand, there were other revealing clothes as well.”
“Was the low cut necessary?” asked another person. “Very disappointing. It was like she fell into the entertainment trap.”
Morgane clapped back, writing: “Because we feel like it and it makes us feel pretty and maybe even a little bit sexy! I’m so glad you asked so I could let you know! Now you know.”
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