Miley Cyrus’ latest feminist fashion statement is an important piece of style history.
Earlier this week, the 27-year-old “Midnight Sky” singer shared an Instagram selfie wearing a black tank top and oversized aviator sunglasses, her blond mullet and armful of tattoos on full display.
But the real focal point was Cyrus’ necklace: a bronze pendant in the shape of a vagina, strung on a simple black cord.
More than two decades old, the vintage bauble dates back to British designer Vivienne Westwood’s fall 1994 runway show, a sexually charged spectacular that saw Kate Moss strutting the catwalk topless and Carla Bruni modeling a merkin.
Long hailed as fashion’s “Queen of Punk,” Westwood also released a line of graphic T-shirts adorned with the same vagina motif that have since been displayed in museums; one of the rare tops will easily set you back over $2,000, making Cyrus’ necklace an even more precious find.
But considering the pop star’s penchant for archival pieces from Chanel, Prada and Yves Saint Laurent, we’d expect nothing less.