'My Body, My Life, My Choice': Singer Hits Out At Critics Over 'Revealing' Outfits
Singer Lauren Mayberry has slammed critics who have questioned her 'revealing' costumes.
The frontwoman of UK band Chvrches known for hits like "The Mother We Share" often hits the stage in a variety of striking costumes, often made of sparkly glitter, voluminous taffeta and shiny vinyl.
Mayberry has posted a lengthy statement to Twitter explaining exactly why she has no plans to change the way she dresses, ignoring calls from her trolls to cover up.
"To the people saying that my gig outfits are too revealing/ I shouldn't dress like that if I don't want men to comment on it: I disagree," she began.
This argument assumes women only dress for the attention of men. When I dress for shows, I want to own my gender and femininity. I want my performance image to be inherently feminine and tough as f*** because that is how I want to pretend to be -- to myself, and to the women and young girls who come to our gigs.
Mayberry added that she doesn't "need to pretend to be "One Of The Lads because I am not one, adding that her style is how she expresses herself "creatively and how I want to communicate our message".
"It's about trying not to be ashamed of your own gender and identity, even when people tell you that you should be; about not being scared into hiding yourself because of the actions of others," she wrote.
The singer was targeted by Chris Brown fans earlier this year after she criticised Marshmello for collaborating with both Brown and Tyga, whom she described as "predators and abusers".
Brown responded by calling Chvrches "a bunch of losers" and "the type of people I wish walked in front of a speeding bus full of mental patients."
Mayberry finished up her statement about her outfits by writing that "people have tried to weaponise my gender against me since the start of my career as a musician".
"It happens now but it also happened when I was wearing baggy flannel shirts and jeans, because it's not really about what a woman is wearing. It never is. It's about claiming ownership of women's bodies and women's narratives."
She asserted that she's going to continue dressing like "a gothic Power Puff Girl with Big Witch Energy".
"Everyone else will just have to deal with it. My body, my life, my choice."
Main Image: Instagram/laurenevemayberry.