Although Lady Gaga’s mode of dress may still be a bit unpredictable on any given occasion, especially at award ceremonies like Sunday evening’s 2010 Video Music Awards in Hollywood, what is not unpredictable is that she will most likely be wearing something that the world will be talking about the next day. This week’s haute couture — at least as seen through the eyes of Lady Gaga — includes the wearing of steaks to make a statement.
Because it is widely accepted that Lady Gaga is a vegetarian, although she has never declared herself one, the wearing of a meat bikini was a bit of a puzzle due to the “Poker Face” singer’s reticence about the picture. And to complement the latest cover of Vogue Hommes in Japan, whereon Lady Gaga wore said meat bikini, Gaga accepted her 2010 VMA Award for Video of the Year wearing a meat dress.
The current Queen of Pop went with red again this year for her fashion shocker. Whereas she went with a “Mask of the Red Death” lace ensemble complete with fire-tendrlled facemask at the 2009 VMAs, Lady Gaga stepped onto the Nokia Theatre stage at the 2010 VMAs draped in the latest in beef — a dress made of meat with a small beret steak plastered onto her straightened white hair. It may not have been Versacci or Vera Wang (in fact, it was designed by Franc Fernandez), but it was probably USDA-approved. Regardless, it couldn’t have been PETA-approved, given their reaction to the earlier donning of the meat bikini.
While most of the world yawned (but still reported on the sirloin chic) or professed nausea (whether at the meat bikini or at Lady Gaga is truly uncertain), PETA issued a medium-rare statement about the meat bikini:
“Lady Gaga’s job is to do outlandish things, and this certainly qualifies as outlandish because meat is something you want to avoid putting on or in your body,” said Ingrid Newkirk, president of animal rights campaign group PETA.
“No matter how beautifully it is presented, flesh from a tortured animal is flesh from a tortured animal.
“Meat represents bloody violence and suffering, so if that’s the look they were going for-they achieved it.”
Cher presented Lady Gaga her Moonman award for Video of the Year, one of eight she received during the night (out of a record 13 nominations). Also one who thoroughly roasted over the years from fashion critics, Cher appeared in her vintage sheer black body suit with thigh-high black boots and leather jacket for the occasion. It may have been a trick of the light, but Cher seemed to tower over Lady Gaga, her presence far more commanding than the current pop sensation.
While accepting the VMA, Lady Gaga said, “I never thought I’d be asking Cher to hold my meat purse.” She then announced the title of her upcoming album, “Born This Way,” and even sang a few lines from the title track.
Ellen Degeneres was at the 2010 Video Music Awards as well (in fact, she had presented Lady Gaga with her first award of the night). Taping her own show’s season opener, Degeneres sat down with Lady Gaga and asked her about her off-the-hoof attire. She admitted she “got” most of Lady Gaga’s outfits, just not her current one.
“Well, it is certainly no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian. As you know, I am the most judgment-free human being on the earth,” Lady Gaga told the vegetarian talk show host, according to USA Today. “However, it has many interpretations but for me this evening. If we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”
Degeneres presented Lady Gaga with a veggie bikini and told her the next time she wanted to make a statement, she should try wearing something like that.
Lest anyone get the idea that Lady Gaga was dressed in nothing but meat at the 2010 VMAs, it must be noted that she changed outfits several times. She also wore Armani and an ensemble from one of the late Alexander McQueen’s collections.
The following is a video clip of Lady Gaga accepting her 2010 VMA Video of the Year Award for “Bad Romance.”
2010 MTV Video Music Awards – More VMA Video
Watch Ellen Degeneres offer Lady Gaga something more vegan appropriate.
“2010 Video Music Awards,” MTV Television
PETA statement via DailyMail.co.uk
“The Ellen Degeneres Show” via Ellen.WarnerBros.com