Lil Nas X wore head-to-toe feathers to the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, but that doesn’t mean his outfit was light. As he admitted during a preshow interview, his extravagant look designed by Harris Reid was actually quite heavy and difficult to maneuver (though he certainly found a way to make it work). From the waist down, Lil Nas rocked a huge circular headpiece with black feathers and no shirt, while his lower half was completely covered in a caged skirt and a pair of black leather pants. From a viewer’s perspective, her dress looked ethereal and airy. But in reality, Lil Nas revealed that the outfit was pretty substantial, especially considering the structural integrity of all the individual pieces.
Even if the outfit is a little off-putting, Lil Nas has never shied away from a good fashion moment. In the past, she’s donned a full sequined suit, metallic combat boots and even pearl-encrusted armor, cementing her role as a rising fashion icon and, more importantly, someone who’s not afraid to express her true self. He shows up to every award show ready to make a statement, and tonight was no different, even though it was a bit of a physical battle. “It’s something new, it’s something new,” he explained during his pre-show interview. Sure, carrying a little extra weight on your head all night might not be the most comfortable experience in the world, but hey: the crown is heavy.