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Rose McGowan claims her iconic nude VMA dress was a response to sexual assault

Rose McGowan claims her iconic nude VMA dress was a response to sexual assault: ‘That was a political statement’

Rose McGowan revealed her reasons for wearing her iconic nude dress at the VMAs.

During the 1998 MTV award show, the actress hit the red carpet with then-beau Marilyn Manson in a completely sheer black beaded dress with a visible thong.

‘I [wore] that for a reason. It was my first public appearance after being raped,’ the 45-year-old said in a conversation with actress Jameela Jamil for her I Weigh interview series.

Opening up: Rose McGowan revealed her reasons for wearing her iconic nude dress at the VMAs; (pictured September 2018)

Opening up: Rose McGowan revealed her reasons for wearing her iconic nude dress at the VMAs; (pictured September 2018)

‘And I thought, it was kind of like Russell Crowe and Gladiator when it comes out in the ring and he’s like, “Are you not entertained? 

‘And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted,’ she added.

A leader of the #MeToo movement, McGowan was one of the first people to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. 

She alleges that he raped her at his hotel during the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. 

Flashback: During the 1998 MTV award show, the actress hit the red carpet with then-beau Marilyn Manson in a completely sheer black beaded dress with a visible thong

Flashback: During the 1998 MTV award show, the actress hit the red carpet with then-beau Marilyn Manson in a completely sheer black beaded dress with a visible thong

Statement: 'I [wore] that for a reason. It was my first public appearance after being raped,' the 45-year-old said in a conversation with actress Jameela Jamil for her I Weigh interview series

Statement: ‘I [wore] that for a reason. It was my first public appearance after being raped,’ the 45-year-old said in a conversation with actress Jameela Jamil for her I Weigh interview series

McGowan was one of the first women to speak out in The New York Times and The New Yorker when news broke about Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual misconduct and assault. 

The former Hollywood mogul has now been accused by more than 60 women and faces a potential life sentence.

McGowan hinted at the reasoning behind the barely-there dress last year when she visited Dr. Oz.

‘I’ve never worn something like that before or since,’ she explained.

‘That was a political statement. Of course, there was no Twitter at the time or Instagram, no way to speak for yourself.’

Standing up: 'And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted,' she added

Standing up: ‘And that was why I did that. That was my response to being assaulted,’ she added

Daily Mail UK

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