Queen of pop Madonna has defended her risque Met Gala outfit by claiming the costume was a “political statement”.
The singer who is no stranger to controversy, arrived on the red carpet in a black lace ensemble that exposed her bottom and breasts.
Madonna took to social media on Thursday explaining her choice of clothing was a statement for women’s rights, which she believes is “still in the dark ages”.
“The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society,” she said in a lengthy post on Instagram.
We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world. When it comes to Women’s rights we are still in the dark ages. My dress at the Met Ball was a political statement as well as a fashion statement. The fact that people actually believe a woman is not allowed to express her sexuality and be adventurous past a certain age is proof that we still live in an age-ist and sexist society. I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start. We cannot effect change unless we are willing to take risks By being fearless and By taking the road leas traveled by. Thats how we change history. If you have a problem with the way I dress it is simply a reflection of your prejudice. I’m not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me‼️ As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless. I remain Unapologetic and a Rebel ❤️ in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender. Equality! 🙏🏻
“I have never thought in a limited way and I’m not going to start.”
The singer hit back at criticism of her outfit, saying the comments are simply a reflection of prejudice, before ending on the wise words of the late musician and activist Nina Simone.
“I’m not afraid to pave the way for all the girls behind me. As Nina Simone once said, the definition of freedom is being fearless.”
“I remain unapologetic and a rebel in this life and all the others. Join my fight for Gender Equality!”
While some fans admitted the outfit wouldn’t find a place in their wardrobes any time soon, they praised the singer for voicing her message.
“Wow good words @madonna .. I personally didn’t like your dress but reading your words made me understand your message and appreciate your outfit. #strongwomen,” one fan wrote on Instagram.
“Well said @madonna I’ve always said about u that ur very polarising and bring these issues to the forefront in everything u do,” another wrote.
Others, however, weren’t so supportive of her “political statement”.
“It’s your choice, obviously and that’s fine. But it seems at odds with the plight to say you should respect the sexuality and style of an older woman, yet fight it at the same time thus giving in to societal pressures to stay young looking as a woman rather than show off your lines with pride. ….Grey hair and wrinkles can be sexy too if you work it right. I think you could,” one fan responded.
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