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Enjoy your Memorial Weekend? We did. However, I'm pretty sure my weekend full of barbecues and housecleaning wasn't as amazing as seeing Rita Ora on stage during BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green. Not only is she showcasing more from her forthcoming collection with Adidas Originals, but her hair is some kind of Rainbow Brite meets Bo Derek in 10 (look it up kids), kind of awesomeness. She's serving up some Living Colour realness, and I am into it.
And then I realized why. It reminds me of superheroes and other comic book characters.
Like I was going to mention catsuits and not have Catwoman.
Photos: Invisible Woman (20th Century Fox)/ (Catwoman) Getty Images/ (Elastigirl) Walt Disney Pictures
Her neoprene catsuit looks equally at home in both the Birds of Prey, the Runaways, and in the X-Men. And while her skintight suit might look like something that Reed Richards cooked up in the lab, I'd say that Rita's spiritual and comic book soulmate just might be Alison Blaire, a.k.a. Dazzler. I mean, listen. She transforms sound into energy and light beams, wears spandex on the regular, and is also a super famous popstar in the Marvel universe. Case closed, amirite?
This isn't the only time that she's been caught dressing like a super heroine. She's been spotted in Paris in an eye-catching crimson outfit prior to her performance that we initially thought was a shirtdress, until we saw profile view photos of her and realized that HOMEGIRL IS WEARING A CAPE. Is this a reaction to 5SOS's "Don't Stop" video? Was she inspired after watching X-Men: Days of Future Past? Or (my pick) is she outing herself as a real-life superhero?
Photos: Rita Ora's Instagram/ Scarlet Witch via Marvel
If this doesn't scream The Scarlet Witch, then I don't know what to do with you people. We've been introduced to the character formally in in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and she's slated to appear in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, scheduled to come out in 2015. While she's eschewing the character's signature pink bodysuit and red bustier, being entirely clad in red along with a cape, certainly references the character. That smile and wave however? Pure Supergirl.
Photos: Splash Images/ TMNT via New Line Cinema
Here, Rita's leggings and t-shirt from Jeremy Scott's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die collection, receive new context given her superhero-themed attire. Long reviled by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan community and its creator Peter Laird, lady-turtle Venus De Milo is a forgotten and misunderstood character in the TMNT universe. She first appeared in the short-lived Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation TV series, and later retconned into nonexistence without an explanation of her disappearance. With the new movie about to hit theaters, here's hoping that there's at least a mention of her, and maybe a reboot of the character as I'm of the school that characters aren't inherently bad, they're just written that way.
So, why all the superhero outfits? Maybe Ora's just trying to get Bryan Singer's attention since he's still in line to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. Your move, casting agents.