As if triple axels and toe loops weren't impressive enough, French figure skater Maé-Bérénice Méité showed she had another trick up her costume sleeve during Thursday's Olympic free skate program. In the middle of her routine, she did a little quick-change to reveal a sparkly, sequined bottom under her black skirt.
This isn't the first time Méité has wowed audiences with her wardrobe decisions. The 23-year-old national champion made headlines earlier this month for bucking the tradition of glittery ice dancing dresses and competing at the ladies' short event while wearing pants—one of very few female ice skaters at Pyeongchang to do so. Of course, the pants she chose were part of a fabulous gold and black ensemble, and they helped her stand out from her contemporaries in the best way.
She also has a knack for showing off her dazzling personality through her music choices. Right when she did her big costume reveal during her routine on Thursday, the music changed from a classic 19th-century Chopin composition to "Happy," a splashier electronic song by the French band C2C that brought an extra dose of fun and liveliness to her performance. Similarly, during her short program a few days ago, she got audiences excited for her act when she skated to a masterful Queen Bey medley that included "Halo" and "Who Run the World (Girls)." In an interview with Cosmopolitan, she shared that Beyoncé reflects her own sass and playfulness.
"[Her music] is crazy, wild, and fun," she said. "You can just dance to it, and that's how I am."
Méité didn't place during the games; she entered Thursday's event in 22nd place out of 24. But on social media, she's a complete rock star, winning over a legion of adoring fans excited to see so much originality served up on ice. On Twitter, she enthusiastically thanked everyone who has excitedly embraced her standout choices in costumes and music. "Thank you again guys for the love and support guys, it means the world to me you have no idea," she said.
Thank you again guys for the love and support guys, it means the world to me you have no idea 😍❤❤— Maé-Bérénice Méité (@MBMeite) February 11, 2018