Måneskin’s Victoria De Angelis’ Frustration Over Nudity Hypocrisy

What to wear on stage has been a longtime question that often puzzled rockers’ minds since the answer varied from artist to artist. It was rather easy for the Beatles to answer the query as they would advise aspiring rockers to dress in the chicest suit they could find and have fun looking professional on stage.

Roxy Music, however, would respectfully, or maybe not, disagree with the Fab Four’s fascination with suits, opting to go onto the stage with smeared makeup on their face and wearing much more feminine attires. After all, they never held back when it came to innovation and trying new things out.

Iggy Pop, however, would surely laugh at the two British icons’ clothing choices as he often chose to handle things in a simpler way. Pop simply didn’t wear any top piece on stage, going semi-nude during shows and showing off to anyone that fancy clothes weren’t a must-have on stage.

If we’re talking about nudity, though, Red Hot Chili Peppers easily beat Iggy since the act can be really innovative when it comes to nudity. Against Pop, who often wore black jeans on stage, RHCP decided they didn’t need any pants or… any underwear. The band simply performed nude on stage in their early days, later having the courtesy to cover their genitals with socks.

So, everyone has their own opinion when it comes to stagewear, and though RHCP created a sensation with their nudity on stage, it wasn’t much of a trouble in the end. However, putting on a show semi-nude had never been a problem for any rocker since it reflects the attitude of what rock should be: free and out of boundaries.

However, the word ‘any rocker’ might not be the best fit since being semi-nude did create problems for some rockers, and one doesn’t need to be a genius to see who we’re talking about. It’s no doubt that women rockers never had it easy from facing the classic sexist remarks or being underestimated by the industry or, at times, even their peers.

One might think that things have undoubtedly improved from the 70s to our ‘modern’ days, although Måneskin might disagree. The act’s bassist, Victoria De Angelis, especially, might give you numerous instances when she was censored solely because of her choice to be semi-nude on stage.

In a rock scene where Iggy Pop or Sid Vicious took the stage semi-nude in the 70s without any criticism, De Angelis was shut down and censored in the modern age of rock where many love saying that we’ve learned from our mistakes and improved to treat every member of society equally.

Her bandmates also prefer to go semi-nude on stage at times, but I doubt you’ve heard any criticism regarding their nudity. However, when it comes to Victoria, people become quite a bit furious. The bassist was even censored on the VMAs a few years back simply for opting not to wear a toppiece.

She discussed all about the censorship she received with NME last year, noting her disbelief at the hypocrisy people had over nudity when it was about women. Her bandmate, singer Damiano David, also appeared semi-nude on stage and wasn’t the one who got censorship.

De Angelis on censorship and nudity hypocrisy:

“It’s sad, but it’s good that people then talk about it and think about it. It’s very stupid that there has to be so much censorship and control over people’s bodies.”

It’s not really about going semi-nude at the end. It’s about the rock and roll myth, and the genre allowing people to do sing about whatever they want, pushing boundaries freely. Stagewear is just a part of the hypocrisy when it comes to the industry’s perspective of women. So, in a rock scene where Iggy Pop or Robert Plant was able to perform semi-nude in the 70s, De Angelis got censorship from our ‘modern’ age.