Not everyone was crazy in love with Beyoncé’s halftime show at the Super Bowl.
PETA is throwing a penalty flag over the singer’s much-discussed stage outfit, designed by Rubin Singer, which she shook and shimmied in during her eight-minute performance. The gripe? The bodysuit, which took 200 hours to make, was made primarily of leather.
"We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés, she'd probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits, or other animals who died painfully," a spokesperson for the animal rights group said in a statement. "Today's fashions are trending toward humane vegan options and Beyoncé’s Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score."
Technically, there was no rabbit in the outfit, but it was otherwise a potpourri of animal skin, as we detailed in our in-depth look at the show-stopping ensemble following the big game.
“Strips of engineered python, paneled iguana, and trapunto/pick stitched leather were sewn together in contrast to the flounce skirt and insets of delicate black Chantilly lace in areas where skin can be seen,” Singer, a New York-based designer, revealed in a press release. “My seamstresses were assembling all of the leather and exotic skins individually by hand.”
While Beyoncé, 31, hasn’t yet spoken out about PETA’s criticism, she did gush about Singer’s vision, according to the designer. He told omg! that after they met for the first time just after Thanksgiving, Beyoncé “turned to me and said, 'Have you been living in my head?' Two hours later she gave me the job.”
This is the second time this year that Beyoncé has been publicly scolded by PETA. In addition to being slammed for her lip-synching debacle at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration, she was criticized by PETA for her decision to wear a fur coat to the event.
"What does it mean when one of the most popular musicians in the world endorses the fur trade in such a dramatic way?" PETA asked. “The message is that fur-bearing animals who are shot, clubbed, electrocuted, caught in traps, or have their necks broken on breeding farms don't matter.”
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