VMAs encourage fashion statements on different levels

Kalyn Hayslett, Verge Editor

Editor’s note: this story

contains profanities.

Words have the power to either build or destroy.

These demeaning words: “whore”, “slut”, “b*tch” and “gold digger” are meant to diminish a person’s self-esteem, but celebrities Blac Chyna and Amber Rose turned these ugly words into vibrant fashion statements.

On the red carpet of the MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards, Blac Chyna stole attention with a nude fitted gown, long sleeves and plunging neck line with simple make-up, hair and accessories, which gave the graffiti lettered profanities, printed across her gown, center stage.

Amber Rose coordinated with Blac Chyna by having the same color scheme, simple styling and tight fit; however, she wore a long sleeved turtleneck jumpsuit.

Not only having the words in bright colors and bold font, but also making the entire garments those words solidified the impact these words had on not only their looks but also on the celebrities’ characters as well.

These words have denied people self-dignity and self-respect, but this striking jumpsuit and gown worn with such confidence took back the power that these words used to destroy.

Fashion today is increasingly becoming less about the clothing and more about social, personal and political statement.

The VMAs give celebrities creative control for their looks more than other award shows, and using such a renowned platform to express your opinions is wise.

However, it is easier said than done.

It leaves the person very vulnerable for criticism and backlash.

Blac Chyna and Amber Rose were not the most elegantly dressed or most fashion forward, but they caught America’s attention and gained publicity, which makes their stance for respect even more relevant.

Using such offensive language as their garment’s entire print does not allow their viewers to deny or avoid the words which creates an awkward or uncomfortable experience, but that is the power of a fashion statement.

The purpose of a fashion statement is to cause a reaction or an emotional response and from that response initiates conversation.

Being a celebrity is not the criteria in order to make a fashion statement.

Anyone on Eastern’s campus can use their fashion as a billboard to promote themselves, whether that is wearing all white and splattering rainbow paint all over representing as an ally for the LGBTQ community, or combining five different name brands to show how labels define how people perceive each other or making a t-shirt with statistics exposing the truth about rape culture in universities.

Experiment, explore and be creative with your fashion choices.

It is ok not to follow the newest trend and establish your own personal style.

Yes, it can seem intimidating being different and trying something new, but the self-pride, confidence and joy will radiate from your clothes and onto others.

The fashion statement can be subtle or extravagant, but as long as the message and purpose is clear and it abides by Eastern’s dress code policy, then it is justified.

Kalyn Hayslett can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]