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Figure Skater Didn't Medal, But Won Respect Due To Her Outfit And Music Choice

French skater Maé-Bérénice Méité may have not gone home with any Olympic medals after competing at PyeongChang, but she did go home with a whole slew of new fans. The 23-year-old's stunning outfit and powerful music choices were definitely a break with tradition, but many felt that her unique performance slayed.

During the ladies' short event, Méité  gracefully took the ice in a black leggings pants suit. The pants seemed to be attached to a black and gold sleeve top, with plenty of sparkle.

It's unusual for female skaters to wear pants, but it's not forbidden. Until the 1980's, there were no hard and fast rules about female figure skater costumes, which until then were generally elegant and flowy garments. Then Katarina Witt took the ice in 1988, strutting a skimpy body suit with no skirt — just feathers to give her backside a hint of coverage.

At the time, Witt's outfit was quite the scandal, and it resulted in what was called the 'Katarina Rule'. The rule said that skaters were required to wear skirts 'covering hips and posterior' during competition.

In 2003, the rule was dropped again. If judges and referees feel that an outfit is inappropriate, they can drop some points from the score, but it's pretty rare for that to happen.

Pants don't automatically lose points, but most female skaters seem to prefer the flouncy, flowing look and opt to wear skirts.

Up until the 1970’s, figure skaters tended to wear very simple skirts, usually home-sewn by their moms. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, outfits became more and more elaborate, and expensive.

There was an explosion of rhinestones, poufy sleeves, feathers and lace. The more ostentatious, the better, seemed to be the trend.

In the 2000’s, skating outfits have taken another turn. These days, they’re more likely to resemble designer couture from the red carpet—and they can cost just as much.

Méité outfit was positively stunning and worked with her short program. She skated to a medley of Beyoncé. She started to the soft, dulcet tones of 'Halo', then mid-skate transitioned into the powerful drumming of 'Run the World (Girls)'.

This was the very first Olympics in which the skaters were permitted to choose music with lyrics, and Méité clearly decided she was going to make a statement. Her choice was definitely a risk, but the skater looked positively fierce on the ice in a militant-like strut.

Unfortunately, Méité took a bit of a tumble during a jump. The judges weren't very impressed with the performance, and she landed in ninth place. She didn't end up capturing the gold, but she did capture hearts. Twitter lit up with praise for her.

"Meet Maé-Bérénice Méité, an Olympic Figure Skater from France. - Dark skinned black woman - Wore pants for her routine - Skated to Beyoncé," wrote one Twitter user with a picture of the skater.

"I don’t care about how the skate goes, but Mae-Berenice Meité wearing pants and skating to Beyoncé is a powerful thing," said another.

"France's Maé-Bérénice Méité skated IN PANTS, and ended her Beyoncé medley with "Run the World (Girls)". Girl, you are an #OlympicHero," another tweet read.

Source: AOL
Photo: Twitter, YouTube

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