Lady Gaga made a statement on Monday night at Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood Awards by wearing a Marc Jacobs oversize suit.
Gaga gave a powerful acceptance speech after being presented an award by Jennifer Lopez. Gaga explained why she chose to dress in a casual oversize suit with her hair in a bun. Her speech touched on sexual abuse, mental health and the beauty standards women face in Hollywood.
“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,” Gaga said. “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 members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit against one another for the pleasure of the public,” she said. “We women in Hollywood, we are voices. … We have the power to speak and be heard and fight back when we are silenced.”
“This was an oversized men’s suit made for a woman. Not a gown. And then I began to cry,” she expressed. “In this suit, I felt the truth of who I am well up in my gut.”
“I had a revelation that I had to be empowered to be myself today more than ever,” she said. “To resist the standards of Hollywood, whatever that means. To resist the standards of dressing to impress. To use what really matters: my voice.”
“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,” Gaga expressed.
To read an extended excerpt from Gaga’s acceptance speech, click here.