Meet Miley’s Stylist

She says there wasn't enough twerking shown on TV during Cyrus's VMA performance

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Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke perform "Blurred Lines" during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in New York August 25, 2013.

Lisa Katnic has helped style Rihanna, the Jonas Brothers, and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video. Now you can partially blame her for Miley Cyrus’s twerking display at the MTV Video Music Awards last month too. The Cut published an interview with the stylist today, and while there’s a lot of insider detail geared toward fashionistas, here are some fun takeaways that may help us understand how provocative pop music acts come about:

(MORE: MTV Documentary on Miley Cyrus)

Miley Wasn’t The Best Twerker at the VMAs. Katnic thinks backup dancer Amazon Ashley, a six-foot-seven burlesque dancer, twerked better than Miley Cyrus, but didn’t get enough TV time.  “I feel bad for people who had to watch the performance on-camera. It was a spectacle in person,” she said.

The ‘Ratchet’ Style. Katnic’s considered a leader of “ratchet,” a style she described as anywhere from “Lil’ Kim” to “the tranny hooker on Santa Monica Boulevard.” Earl Williams, a producer known as Phunk Dawg, told New York in April that it can also be defined as “cool, sloppy, sleek” and is meant to convey an air of, “‘I’m real. I’m ghetto. I am what I am.'” Miley’s VMAs act was apparently a take on “ratchet,” but to the critics who thought it was racist and disrespectful of her black backup crew, Katnic said, “That’s so demeaning to [the dancers] for somebody to say that…Here they are doing something that’s awesome and fun, and [people] shit on it.”

How to Be Nude and Fully Clothed. To dress the nude models in the “tamer” version of the “Blurred Lines” music video, she designed “’X-ray vision’-inspired plastic garments” that include “sheer tops paired with white raver platform sneakers and gold accessories.”

‘Stoner’ Is The Next Big Style. Katnic thinks activewear could be heading in that direction and recently designed a look with hemp necklaces, saggy shorts, and dreadlocks: “I put athletic socks under rope sandals, and now I’m obsessed with that.”

MORE: Why You’re Still Hearing about Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

3 comments
JacquelineFreer
JacquelineFreer

Not sure who is worse really .... The stylist with some seriously bad taste or the little girl who grew up to have no self respect. I bet her dad's achy breaky heart is busted now for sure. Miss Cyrus can take page out of Emma Watson's book. Emma has grown into a beautiful, together, sexy young woman ... and knows how to keep her clothes on and your tongue in her mouth, getting attention without rubbing herself up and down on a married man in front of a worldwide audience.  You just can't buy class. 

CathyDuPont
CathyDuPont

Her hair was the stupidest looking thing (using the word hairstyle, is absurd) I've seen in years.  I wonder did she look in the mirror and say "it's beautiful" or "it's lovely" or "it dramatic?"  I have no idea but it certainly took the show that evening for the most ridiculous looking thing on anyone's head.

noemi155
noemi155

Miley Cyrus is just a puppet. She is controlled by egomaniac designer Marc Jacobs. His best buddy Terry Richardson directed her latest video clip which was the idea of Jacobs. He is a cruel manipulator who has a great influence on stars like Lady Gaga, Kanye West. He told Miley to act like that at the VMA. Jacobs tortures a talented young girl called Angel Barta. He stole her ideas and sexually harassed her. Read the details on: http://styleangelique.blogspot.de/