The Albanian singer who made headlines at the Vanity Fair Oscars party for going topless says her risque look was misinterpreted by the world’s media – and that being naked in the public eye is about art, not attention-seeking.
In a year when Oscar dresses took second place to the power of the #MeToo movement, Bleona Qereti, 38, shocked attendees in March with a barely-there gown that clearly showed her nipples.
Now, Qereti has revealed the truth about why she chose to wear the dress, blasting the double standards that she says the industry applies to women – and saying the outfit offered a two-fingered salute to men who try and tell women what to wear.
Speaking exclusively to Femail, the singer, who moved to Los Angeles from her native Albania nearly ten years ago, says how much she chooses to disrobe is entirely her decision and she enjoys being creative with her outfits.
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Bleona Qereti, who is a huge star in her native Albania, shocked attendees at the Vanity Fair party when she arrived in a see-through dress back in March
The dress prompted accusations of attention-seeking after Bleona’s image was splashed across the world’s newspapers the next day. However, the 38-year-old says she wore the dress to contribute to the #MeToo campaign…because she is free to wear what she likes
‘I believe that all women can be totally comfortable with who they are!’ Bleona says that men are not judged for near nudity in the way that women are
The image projected through Bleona’s songs and photos isn’t always a true reflection of the ‘square life’ that the star leads, she says
Baring all on the red carpet is an adrenaline high but the opportunity for misinterpretation can make her nervous
She says passionately: ‘Women have been oppressed for so long, wrongly objectified by men in the entertainment industry.
‘I did it [wore that dress] for the #MeToo campaign; they had to understand that I’m free and I’m allowed to express myself as who I really am.