During the women’ brief match, French determine skater Maé-Bérénice Méité carved out a spot for herself via skating to song together with the Beyoncé hits “Halo” and “Run the World (Girls).” But that’s no longer the one side of her efficiency making waves. Méité emerged from the hundreds in a bodysuit with pants. Yes, you learn that proper: A determine skater competed on the PyeongChang Olympics sans skirt.
The 23-year-old took to the ice in black leggings that seemed to be connected to a gold and black sparkly sleeveless most sensible. And her efficiency was once simply as dazzling as it could had been in a frilly, flouncy skirt, if no longer extra so, as it was once so daring. Méité expressively floated and twirled across the ice successful the hearts of the arena, in spite of her fall, together with her boundary-pushing song (that is the primary Olympics at which skaters are allowed to make use of song with lyrics!) and much more bold ensemble. These Twitter reactions sum it up.
Unfortunately, the judges weren’t as inspired, giving her a rating of 46.62, placing her in 9th position. Did she lose issues for her pants? Not imaginable. According to the NBC Olympics web page, “Ladies in singles and pairs can wear a skirt, pants or tights.” However, that wasn’t at all times the guideline. After Katarina Witt got here out at the ice in a couple of feathers slightly masking her at the back of in 1988, the International Skating Union enacted a rule that girls needed to put on skirts. That rule was once overturned within the early 2000s, bringing again the pants.
Then why don’t extra ladies put on pants? For one, it sort of feels no longer everyone seems to be up to the moment at the new regulations. Last week, gown dressmaker Jan Longmire instructed InTaste, “The guidelines change every now and then, but every girl always has to wear a skirt — she can’t come out in a leotard on its own.”
Plus, skirts are simply more uncomplicated at the eyes and extra often known with femininity, which is what determine skating is just about all about. But if ladies can put on tuxedos at the pink carpet and no longer be any much less sublime, feminine skaters can do the similar within the rink. And they have got.
Méité would possibly want pants; she competed in the similar gown on the ladies’s brief program dance right through the Internationaux de France ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Grenoble, France, in November. She additionally wore pants for her loose skate on the 2014 Olympics — the unitard was once equivalent, however the sparkly most sensible was once silver, blue, and black.
American skater Polina Edmunds wore a crimson bodysuit within the girls’ brief program right through the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
As quickly because the skirt-only ice age melted away, Russian skater Irina Slutskaya wore a fiery bodysuit on the 2006 Olympics.
So, Méité may well be onto one thing. In the phrases of Beyoncé, the pants-clad and badass skater is repping for the ladies “who taking over the world.”