But on Monday, at Elle magazines 25th annual Women in Hollywood event, Lady Gaga eschewed her usual flamboyance in favour of a menswear-inspired oversized Marc Jacobs suit. While the suit had us head over heels the moment we spied it on the red carpet, it turns out there was a whole lot more to Gaga’s fashion choice for the evening.
Gaga addressed the audience telling them that she tried on several dresses from Dior, Rodarte and Calvin Klein in preparation for the gala, but in the end, it was the oversized Marc Jacobs suit that she opted for because “I felt like me.”
“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?” she explained to the audience which included the likes of Charlize Theron and Sarah Paulson. “We are not just objects to entertain the world. We are not simply images to bring smiles or grimaces to peopleâ€™s faces. We are not members of a giant beauty pageant meant to be pit 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.”
Gaga then opened up about her experience with mental illness and as a survivor of sexual assault. “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.”