Written by Véronique Hyland, CNN
When Adele won her 12th Grammy Award, she wore a stunning white pantsuit to the awards ceremony. And along with it an influential, empowering message for her young fans.
“I felt like the first woman who should have won best new artist who shouldn’t have been nicked. And that’s what got to me,” the singer told “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”
Following the 2017 ceremony, Adele went backstage and decided she’d wear white pantsuits at all her future awards shows — to deliver a message to her young fans, many of whom looked up to her as their favorite artist.
A voice for the gender neutral
“We’re in a world where there’s all this social experimentation that’s happening right now where you can sort of choose not to be a man. And I like when my girls have that freedom, because it’s still a male dominated world,” she said.
“Like ‘I’m a girl, and I like to dress like a girl, and I’m a girl who likes to write like a girl.’ I like it when that’s what their relationship is. When they don’t feel like they have to hide it and feel like they have to be the boy because if they wear pants they’re a boy. It’s a really important thing.”
Adele added that she takes her iconic white suit further than fashion. “I like to think of it as sort of like a voice in a dress. It’s a woman speaking truth and power and I respect that…I’m proud of that, and I feel like I’ve done something in a fashion that everyone can get behind. It’s not just trendy fashion and because I’ve wear it on a lot of occasions, it’s sort of trendy to wear it, but actually I feel really proud to wear it because it’s a very important role model.”