Lady Gaga's Red Carpet Look Made Her The Butt Of Jokes — Until She Explained Why She Wore It
Now that's what you call a fashion statement!
Lady Gaga's red carpet looks have been raising eyebrows since the start of her career. But Lady Gaga's suit, which she wore to Elle Magazine's 25th Women in Hollywood event, was unlike any of her other ensembles — because of its meaning.
Gaga wore a giant Marc Jacobs suit with her up in a low bun. She wore smokey eyes and a nude lip to complement the androgynous look.
Not everyone was a fan of this bold choice.
Why does it look like Lady Gaga is wearing my suit I wore from when I weighed 400lbs?
— Dula Peep (@christinoflores) October 16, 2018
Why does Lady Gaga look like she’s wearing some older mans suit jacket he offered her cause it’s cold, waiting for a taxi home after going out ? https://t.co/JeVnqwfeKd
— ? (@_emilyivy) October 16, 2018
Nah that’s David Price’s suit Crouchy lad pic.twitter.com/exYEvLISkA
— Jpizzi (@helloherewego_) October 16, 2018
That look has been done. pic.twitter.com/537sGPuQLx
— BMac (@Yon_tweeter) October 16, 2018
However, Lady Gaga's suit has a profound reason behind it, one that the A Star Is Born actress explained in her powerful speech.
She said that she tried around 10 dresses getting ready for the event, but only felt "sick to [her] stomach." It made her question what it means to be a woman in Hollywood.
"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 women in Hollywood, we are voices. 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."
After she tried on the oversized Marc Jacobs suit, she became emotional and began to cry. "In this suit, I felt like me today," she said. "In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut."
Lady Gaga's Suit: Standing Up Against Sexual Assault
Wearing the suit also made it clear to her what she wanted to say in her speech — which was about confronting sexual assault in the entertainment industry.
"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."
Gaga shared that she was assaulted when she was 19. The experience made her feel ashamed and even responsible for what happened to her. After sharing her experience with powerful men in the industry, nobody helped her, and she buried her pain.
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"I hid for a long time until I started to feel physical pain. Then I had to go to the doctor because I didn’t know what was wrong with me," she said. "And then I was diagnosed with PTSD and Fibromyalgia, which many people don't think is real, and I don't even know what the fuck to say about that. But I’ll tell you what it is. It’s a syndrome that is essentially a cyclone of stress-induced pain."
She closed her speech by urging the powerful men and women in the room to work together to create a kinder world.
"It is my personal dream that there would be a mental health expert teacher or therapist in every school in this nation and hopefully one day around the world," she said. "Let’s lift our voices. I know we are, but let’s get louder. And not just as women. But as humans."
"For me, this is what it means to be a woman in Hollywood," she continued. "It means, I have a platform. I have a chance to make a change. I pray we listen and believe and pay closer attention to those around us to those in need... Be a helping hand. Be a force for change."
What do you think about Lady Gaga's suit?