Madonna has never been - and will never be - afraid of putting herself out there. She’s always said what she wants and worn what she wants, and there are numerous people who think she should be applauded for that mentality. But there are also numerous people who think the star, now aged 57, should dress a little more modestly. And that’s a debate that was reignited following the revelation of the singer’s Met Gala outfit on Monday night.
The singer rocked up at the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” themed event in an odd ensemble. Designer by one of Kim Kardashian’s go-to labels, Givenchy, the lace ensemble flashed both Madonna’s bum and boobs - outraging an array of Twitter users.
The comments came in thick and fast, with Piers Morgan telling the star she should “put it away”. And Madonna isn’t having it.
She’s since responded to all the negative backlash, explaining that her outfit was a political statement and a chance to advance the feminist cause.
“We have fought and continue to fight for civil rights and gay rights around the world,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”
She continued her public statement by encouraging women to stand alongside her, explaining that “by being fearless and by taking the road less travelled. That’s 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.”