Megan Fox showed up at the 2021 MTV VMAs wearing, essentially, a few raindrops and a good attitude. Though technically a dress, it’s more like a handful of rhinestones thrown through a sunbeam in a way that references the concept of a dress.
Fox walked the red carpet wearing Mugler. She looked like a Vegas showgirl crossed with a Roman goddess—the aesthetic is sparkling, see-through, and champagne-colored. Her gown compliments the spangled scarlet suit worn on the carpet by her boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly. (He said on the red carpet that his performance this evening draws from the world of musical theater, which—good for you, Machine Gun Kelly!)
“He was like, ‘You’re going to be naked tonight,’” Fox reported on the carpet, of her exchange with Kelly ahead of the event. “And I was like, ‘Whatever you say, daddy. Whatever daddy says.’”
The look, styled by Maeve Reilly, is one of the most arresting in an awards night that is not exactly known for subtlety. With hip length, drenched-looking hair and sparkling detail, it evokes the famous “wet” gown that Kim Kardashian wore to the 2019 Met Gala, likewise designed by Mugler. It’s also a little reminiscent of Britney Spears’ 2000 VMAs mid-performance outfit change into a sparkly triangle bra and matching skintight leggings.
Most likely of all, the dress is influenced by Rose McGowan’s iconic 1998 VMAs look, designed by Maja Hanson. If you’re enjoying Fox’s look, remember what her predecessors went through to achieve it. McGowan told Yahoo News of the response to her ’98 dress, “They slut-shamed me like crazy.” She got through it without much public support, adopting the attitude, “Sorry you’re square and I’m not. Bummer.”
Fox’s look seems to be getting an enthusiastically positive response—the word “queen” is being thrown around. Just don’t slut-shame her, or you’re a square.
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.