Pop superstar Beyoncé may have wowed the live and televised audience during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, but her outfit for the performance is drawing the ire of PETA.
The radical animal rights group has come down strongly on Beyoncé's choice of wardrobe, as the extravagant black bodysuit costume was composed of "strips of engineered python, paneled iguana and trapunto/pick stitched leather," according to designer Rubin Singer.
"We would take a bet that if Beyoncé watched our video exposés, she'd probably not want to be seen again in anything made of snakes, lizards, rabbits or other animals who died painfully," PETA said in a statement. "Today's fashions are trending toward humane vegan options, and Beyoncé's Super Bowl outfit missed the mark on that score."
Singer's design took inspiration from his forthcoming Fall 2013 collection, dubbed 'Valkyrie's Dominion.' According to E! News, the complex multi-piece costume reportedly took over 200 hours to assemble, incorporating trapunto-pick stitched leather, nylon, metal, plastic, silk and Chantilly lace, in addition to the aforementioned animal components. "It's the biggest moment of my career," Singer had told the New York Times of the costume's appearance in the widely seen performance. Doubtless, his career aspirations held little sway over PETA's view of the event.
The popular singer has come under fire with the group before, when she chose to wear a mink coat at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration. Activists with the group derided her choice of wardrobe then as well, stating, "What does it mean when one of the most popular musicians in the world endorses the fur trade in such a dramatic way?"