Lizzo Makes an Empowering Statement on the 2022 VMAs Red Carpet

Photo by Cindy Ord/WireImage

Don’t be fooled — this is no ordinary navy dress. It’s a statement.

By
Ivy Tang, Annika Lautens

Date August 28, 2022

Reason #753 to love Lizzo: She refuses to fade into the background. Case in point: Her voluminous Jean Paul Gaultier gown on the 2022 VMAs red carpet.

For years, fashion, Hollywood and the music industry have told women (and men) who wear extended sizes to go to the back; to be neither seen nor heard, as we celebrated the scarily skinny talent and ignored the rest. And even worse, most magazines have fed this narrative, telling women who are bigger than a size 2 to avoid wearing stripes, bright colours, or anything with a little volume.

But the world has finally woken up to this nonsense, and, to quote the songstress, it’s about damn time. Lizzo’s look is a testament to her power and influence. With this navy gown, she unapologetically takes up space, demanding all the attention. You can’t ignore her, nor should you. She has become a pioneer in plus-size fashion (anyone else remember that iconic Met Gala look a few months ago?!).

Another rule breaker we love to see? Lil Nas X. Daring to bare it all in a dramatic look by Harris Reed, the singer has become synonymous with gender-bending and has ushered in a new wave of menswear on the red carpet. Following suit is Conan Gray, also wearing the British designer, and the members of Måneskin, all in Gucci.

See for yourself in the gallery below, where we’ve rounded up all the best looks from the 2022 VMAs red carpet.

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Blackpink in Celine by Hedi Slimane, Dior, Chanel, and Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (left to right)

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Taylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

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J Balvin in Louis Vuitton

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JID in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

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Chloe Fineman in threeASFOUR

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Danny Ramirez in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

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Conan Gray in Harris Reed

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Lizzo in Jean Paul Gaultier Couture

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Dove Cameron in Paco Rabanne

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