Carrie Ann Inaba's father died on March 15, 2013, just days prior to the Dancing with the Stars season 26 premiere. Dancing with the Stars Carrie Ann Inaba's father inspired a blog entry that claimed the show's March 18 premiere was emotional for her because of the recent death.
Carrie Ann Inaba's father blog entry was tear-jerking. "I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it through the show," she wrote, "with all the emotions that have been overflowing. But I felt my father's spirit was with me last night, supporting me and cheering me on. And I dedicated the show to him, in gratitude for all that he taught me about life; for his bravery, his courage, his huge heart and his love for the underdog."
The blog post about Carrie Ann Inaba's father was made on the People Magazine website. Carrie Ann Inaba gave primarily positive feedback to the contestants on the Dancing with the Stars season 26 premiere. Even contestant Andy Dick, who got negative feedback from fellow judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, was called "charming" by Inaba. Talk about showing love for the underdog!
Carrie Ann Inaba's father's bravery and courage shone through in the judge as she decided to not take time off from the first show in honor of her father. She said that's what he would have wanted. She signed off on her People blog post with, "Dad, I know you're up there dancing in joy (he used to do a little ballroom/social dancing when he was in the service). I love you."
However, Carrie Ann Inaba's father wasn't the only subject of the DWTS judge's blog post. The professional dancer, who has performed with the likes of Madonna, also delved into her fashion choices for the episode. This was a decidedly more light-hearted direction in which to take the emotionally heavy blog post.
I chose a black Theia gown with some metallic geometry down the front, along with some really incredible jewelry by Supreme, Swarovski and Open Hearts, plus vintage costume jewelry earrings," Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba wrote. "I like to mix it up, and I'm not afraid of wearing real gemstones right next to faux or vintage pieces of no known value."
Fashion fans everywhere certainly can appreciate Carrie Ann Inaba's attention to mixing high and low. Her jewelry pieces are based solely on the design of the individual accessories, and not according to name brand or price.
Her fashion stylist also encourages this. Kit Scarbo, my stylist, puts all the pieces out in my tray for me to choose from without any regard for their price tag or name value," she writes for People. "Sure, it's nice to wear top of the line diamonds, but it's also nice to wear some things that don't make you worry about needing added security!"
Carrie Ann Inaba's father played a role in Monday night's pared-down fashion choices. His daughter wanted to feel more comfortable at the Dancing with the Stars premiere. "I needed to feel safe and comfortable... [the] night was really emotional for me." She added, "I'm filled with a tremendous sadness but also a relief, for he is in a better place now."