A Suit that Spoke a Thousand Words

Earlier this month Lady Gaga made an incredible statement at the Elle magazine’s ‘Women in Hollywood’ 25th annual event. The singer/actress is known for using fashion to make a point or statement (the meat dress sticks in my head). But this time she opted for an oversized 80s-style power suit designed by Marc Jacobs. And whilst she frankly looked amazing in it, the suit had a lot more to say than you first may have thought. In her acceptance speech Lady Gaga said: “I tried on dress after dress today getting ready for this event, one tight corset after another, one heel after another, a diamond, a feather, thousands of beaded fabrics and the most beautiful skills in the world. To be honest, I felt sick to my stomach. And I asked myself: What does it really mean to be a woman in Hollywood?” Lady Gaga continued: “We are not just objects to entertain the world. We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to people’s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public. We are women in Hollywood. We are voices.” The #MeToo campaigner continued “We have deep thoughts and ideas and beliefs and values about the world and we have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced. “So, after trying on 10 or so dresses, with a sad feeling in my heart that all that would matter was what I wore to this red carpet, I saw an oversized Marc Jacobs suit buried quietly in the corner.” Gaga continued to explain the confusion amongst her team that this was not a gown. Nor was it tailored for a woman. At this point Gaga said she had begun to cry. “As a sexual assault survivor by someone in the entertainment industry, as a woman who is still not brave enough to say his name, as a woman who lives with chronic pain, as a woman who was conditioned at a very young age to listen to what men told me to do, I decided today I wanted to take the power back. Today I wear the pants.” The speech and the message of the night was clear. Let us take back control. It is a powerful message and Lady Gaga delivered it faultlessly. It is testament to the strength of banding together and using the platforms we have available to get our stories heard. #dresstoexpress #metoo

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