Transgender military members attend VMAs red carpet

Just days after President Donald Trump signed a directive to ban transgender military recruits, MTV made a political statement on the red carpet of the Video Music Awards.

A number of transgender military members arrived at the big show on Sunday night. Earlier this week, the Department of Defense confirmed to Variety that MTV had requested the presence of transgender military members, but the government agency was still reviewing the request.

"DoD confirms that MTV has invited Service members in their personal capacity to this year's VMAs," Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Haverstick said on Thursday. "At the request of the Services, DoD is reviewing the parameters of the individual invitations."

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Paris Jackson nails the boho-chic aesthetic in an intricately-detailed sheer slip over nude undergarments.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Nicki Minaj attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Host Katy Perry is white-hot in a figure-hugging gown with a square train and one-shoulder asymmetric neckline.
Lorde was one of the best dressed of the night in a strapless lavender gown with a scene-stealing feather-fringe skirt. 
She's here and she's sheer! Demi Lovato paired sequined black joggers with a lace-trimmed nude bodysuit.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Dinah Jane, Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Heidi Klum attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Vanessa Hudgens bared her thighs in a fiery red ankle-length gown with textured overlay. Perfectly-coordinated strappy stilettos finished the hot look.
Ed Sheeran stuck to casual favorites -- a dark shirt and sneakers -- while Jennie Pegouskie, who co-starred in his "Shape of You" video, upped the glam in white.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Hailey Baldwin attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Savage (L) and Amber Rose attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Pink attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Pink, Willow Sage Hart and Carey Hart attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Olivia Munn attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Kesha attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Hailee Steinfeld attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
Recording artist Kendrick Lamar arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017, in Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Yara Shahidi attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
Queen Elsa, is that you?! Julia Michaels glittered in an allover-sequined ombre blue gown with tulle underlay.
Farrah Abraham paired a structured white top with skintight pants and metallic thigh-high boots.
...and by her side was her daughter, Sophia, who opted for metallics just like her mom in a silver crop top and leggings.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Bebe Rexha attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Shawn Mendes attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Cardi B took a risk in a white cutout pantsuit with a full-length train -- and it paid off! The dramatic number blended sexy with couture.
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Noah Cyrus attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Josh Peck attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
For DNCE -- Jack Lawless, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee and Cole Whittle -- it was a "go big or go home" mentality as each member committed to his or her own bold style. Shoutout to Joe Jonas for that lavender-trimmed ivory blazer!
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Singer Khalid attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Billy Eichner attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Lil Yachty attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Machine Gun Kelly attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Drake Bell attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Erika Costell attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Sibley Scoles attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Tiffany Haddish attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Grayson Dolan (L) and Ethan Dolan attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Renee Bargh attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Chanel West Coast attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Beau Mirchoff attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Justina Valentine attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Erin Lim attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Jennifer Bartels, Kyle Richards and Mena Suvari attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Actor Andrea Russett attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Gary Shirley attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: August Getty attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Bretman Rock attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: G-Eazy attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jessica Andrea (L) and Logic attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: President of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Tyler Posey attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jessica Sula attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Carlos Mila attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Yoss Hoffman attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Jon Klaas, Emery Kelly and Ricky Garcia of musical group Forever in Your Mind attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Sophie Beem attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Matt Rife attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Matt Rife attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Millie Bobby Brown attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Gigi Gorgeous attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Matt Cutshall (L) and Arielle Vandenberg attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jay Versace attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Susan Pinsky (L) and Dr. Drew Pinsky attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Mel B attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Graham Sierota, Sydney Sierota and Noah Sierota of musical group Echosmith attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Laura Perlongo (L) and Nev Schulman attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ian Bohen attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Patrick Borriello (R) attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ashley De La Mode attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alissa Violet attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Brandon Arreaga, Nick Mara, Zion Kuwonu, Edwin Honoret and Austin Porter of PrettyMuch attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Chantel Jeffries attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Chantel Jeffries attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Conceited attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Laura Marano attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Lizzo attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) DJ Khaled,Asahd Tuck Khaled and Nicole Tuck attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Redman (L) and DJ Jayceeoh attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jasmine Sanders attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Rapper Kodak Black arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017, In Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Vanessa Morgan attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Laura Marano arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards 2017, In Inglewood, California, on August 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TOMMASO BODDI (Photo credit should read TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Calvin Harris attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Baby Ariel attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Young M.A attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Jeremy Scott attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Dylan Sprayberry attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Daniel Skye attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Hugo Gloss attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Lil Mama attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: DeRay Davis (L) attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Christina Milian attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Billy Ray Cyrus attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Alessandra Ambrosio attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Liza Koshy attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Ludacris (L) and Eudoxie Mbouguiengue attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Fernando Lozada attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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In July, Trump tweeted that transgender individuals would be banned from the military, sparking both backlash and confusion, as he had yet to lay out a formal plan for the ban. A month later, on Friday, he signed a directive to reverse an Obama-era plan that would have allowed transgender individuals to serve in the armed forces. It leaves the Department of Defense six months to develop a plan on how to implement the ban.

It's far from the first time a political statement has been made on the VMAs red carpet. Last year, Beyonce arrived with several women whose sons were killed as the result of police actions, the faces of the Mothers of the Movement. In 2010, Lady Gaga brought four soldiers who were either discharged or asked to leave the military because of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Katy Perry hosts the 2017 VMAs, which kicks off at 8 p.m. from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

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