Lady Gaga Rejects The Male Gaze In An Oversized Pantsuit

by: Lucy Jones | 8 months ago | News

Lady Gaga taking the power back in an oversized pantsuit. Image source.

We all know that Lady Gaga can serve a lewk, but her most powerful fashion statement yet might also be her most understated one. The actress and singer wore a giant suit to Elle Magazine’s Women in Hollywood event last week for a very important reason. The fit comes from Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2019 collection and, simply put, it is an oversized suit that is tailored for women.

In a deeply personal speech about her struggles with chronic pain and mental health, and the sexual assault she experienced at age 19, Gaga explained why she chose to wear a suit instead of a dress.

“We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pitted against one another for the pleasure of the public,” Gaga said.

“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.”

Gaga said that trying on dresses for the event made her feel “sick to her stomach”. When she finnaly put on this relaxed suit, she was so relieved that she started to cry. “In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut,” she explained. As a sexual assault survivor and a woman in Hollywood today, Gaga said rejecting red carpet dress standards was a way for her to “take the power back”. 

Read an extended excerpt from her powerful speech below.

“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 silks 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? 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 pitted 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.

So, after trying 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. I put it on to a resounding view of eyes glaring at me in confusion. But the Rodarte was so beautiful! one said. But the Raf Simons for Calvin Klein was so stunning on you! said another. But what about the Brandon Maxwell? What about the Dior? Lots of questions. They were all dresses. This was an oversized men’s suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry. In this suit, I felt like me today. In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut. And then wondering what I wanted to say tonight become very clear to me. 

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.

In an age where I can barely watch the news, I gasped at the unjust men, and some women quite frankly, that I see running this country. I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever. To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice.” 

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