Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry has hit back at critics who accuse her of wearing outfits that are ‘too revealing’, claiming they suit her ‘feminine and tough as f***’ image.
The singer, 31, from Thornhill, Scotland, shared a pre-gig photograph to her Instagram page yesterday, in which she wore a striking black ruffle gown by Roberts | Wood, along with one of her trademark black bralets and large black pants.
The synth pop band played the headline slot at a rather rainy Edinburgh Summer Sessions festival on Sunday.
After receiving some negative comments, Lauren blasted the people who suggested she ‘shouldn’t dress like that if she doesn’t want men to comment on it’.
Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry shared a pre-gig photograph to her Instagram page yesterday, in which she wore a striking black ruffle gown by Roberts | Wood, along with one of her trademark black bralets and large black pants
Addressing the critics, she wrote on her Instagram Stories and Twitter: ‘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.
‘This argument assumes women only dress for the attention of men. When I dress for shows, I want to own my gender and my 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.’
She went on to say she doesn’t need to pretend to be ‘one of the lads’ because she isn’t one.
Addressing the critics, she wrote on her Instagram Stories and Twitter: ‘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’
‘How I dress is part of how I express myself creatively and how I want to communicate our message,’ Lauren added.
‘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.
‘People have tried to weaponise my gender against me since the start of my career as a musician.
Lauren, pictured playing at Alexandra Palace earlier this year, said how she dresses is part of how she expresses herself creatively
‘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.’
Lauren concluded by saying she will continue ‘dressing like a gothic Powerpuff Girl with Big Witch Energy’ and hopes other people will do ‘whatever their version of that is too’.
‘Everyone else will just have to deal with it. My body, my life, my choice,’ she said.
Her Twitter post received 786 retweets and 6.2K likes, and many people commented to show their support.
Her Twitter post received 786 retweets and 6.2K likes, and many people commented to show their support
One wrote: ‘I hate that you always have to justify yourself because of b******s on the internet, but I’m glad that you maintain your integrity and are so unapologetic about doing nothing wrong. So proud of you Lauren and plus your outfits are bloody brilliant.’
‘Bury it and rise above,’ commented another, while one praised: ‘Thank you for standing up and being confident in your presence.
‘You inspire me to be the best version of myself there is and I know a lot of people appreciate you for doing the same for them.’
Lauren, pictured at a gig at the Forecastle Festival at Louisville Waterfront Park last month, concluded her post by saying she will continue ‘dressing like a gothic Powerpuff Girl with Big Witch Energy’
Lauren previously claimed she received death and rape threats after the band publicly called Chris Brown a ‘predator and abuser’.
It came after the band released a statement on social media criticising Marshmello’s decision to collaborate with Brown and Tyga on the track ‘Light It Up’.
We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown,’ it read. ‘We like and respect Mello as a person but working with people who are predators and abusers enables, excuses and ultimately tacitly endorses that behaviour. That is not something we can or will stand behind.’