Was Madonna even invited to the Met Gala this year? Doesn't much matter, as the pop star made her presence known via social media instead, invoking the name of event hostess and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
"What i wanted to wear to Met Ball but Anna said Not this year! So I'm gonna work on music instead? #artforfreedom," Madonna wrote Monday on Instagram, captioning a picture of a woman clad only in bandage-like white straps. Probably a selfie, actually, but with no face shown -- a classic sexting move -- there's no telling for sure.
C'mon, Madge, even Rihanna managed to wear a top on the red carpet Monday night.
Perhaps it simply wasn't her year to attend, but if she was in fact snubbed, was it something she said? More likely something she wore: Madonna rocked a typically exhibitionist ensemble last year at the invite-only, formal-dress gala celebrating the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute.
The Material Girl took the gala's 2013 theme "Punk: Chaos to Couture" to heart, wearing a metal-studded, belted plaid Givenchy blazer and not much else. Yep, the bottom of her bottom was visible through a fishnet bodysuit that peeped out from above sheer black stockings held up by a garter belt.
In what was perhaps a nod to her 1980s heyday, Madonna also positioned a cross on a chain that dangled over her backside, landing directly between her legs from the rear view. The gloves? Black leather. The only thing missing may have been a dominatrix-style riding crop.
For the "Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion"-themed 2009 incarnation of the event, a wacky teal headpiece topped off her micro-mini Louis Vuitton dress and thigh-high black boots.
However, Madonna tempered those statements when she served up a more traditional game in 2011, donning a floor-length blue Stella McCartney gown for the event, which that year honored designer
Low risk, low return. High risk? That might mean a night at home.
And a nearly-nothing outfit, well, that's just Madonna.