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Monday night’s Met Gala in New York may not have had any glorious moments that were instantly seared in our collective memory (like Rihanna’s look last year), but the carpet did feature Madonna in a very revealing black lace Givenchy outfit. At this point, however, it might be more shocking if she didn’t expose her rear on a red carpet. All the same, the Material Girl has now made a statement via Instagram claiming her dress was meant to make both a political and fashion statement.
“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,” the pop star began. “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 live in an age-ist and sexist society.”
Apparently Madonna, 57, decided the best way to fight ageism was by baring her bum and breasts in a sheer layer of black lace. Of course, she’s no stranger to revealing ensembles, like the 2015 Grammys matador outfit she cheekily lifted to reveal her butt. She hasn’t stopped pushing boundaries well into her 50s, and she’s made it clear she’s not about to stop.
In her Instagram post, Madonna continued: “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 less traveled by. That’s how we change history.”
She concluded by turning things around on her detractors: “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!” We’ve come to expect no less.
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