I'm calling it early — Laura Perlongo's 2016 VMAs outfit won the red carpet. Perlongo, who is engaged to Nev Schulman from Catfish, wore a simple bomber jacket, choker necklace, and black trousers to the awards show. What was so special about the look, you ask? Well, she wasn't sporting anything underneath the jacket, save for a thin silver body chain. Given that Perlongo happens to be pregnant, her look could be read as a giant middle finger to anyone who thinks women give up their right to wear whatever the heck they want the minute the decide to have a kid.
There's no telling whether Perlongo was deliberately trying to make a statement with this look, but you can't deny that society often sends the message that a woman is somehow supposed to give up her sexuality the second she decides to become a mother. This outfit is pretty laid back, and it certainly wouldn't seem particularly shocking if Perlongo wasn't visibly pregnant, especially at the VMAs where anything goes when it comes to fashion. After all, Miley Cyrus sported silver leather suspenders with nothing underneath at the 2015 VMAs and no one batted an eye. Why should it be any different for Perlongo?
She looks so cool and happy! I love how she accessorized with that body chain, which adds some edge to an otherwise pretty simple look.
Perlongo finished things off with a pair of nude heels and a side braid.
If, like me, you weren't overly aware of Perlongo before the VMAs and now can't get enough, might I suggest checking out her Instagram?
She posts tons of refreshingly honest and hilarious posts about pregnancy, life, and her relationship with Schulman.
Props to Perlongo for liberating her pregnant belly. She looks great.